Micro-CT image gallery visually presenting the effects of ocean warming and acidification on marine gastropod shells

Background

Digitisation of specimens (e.g. zoological, botanical) can provide access to advanced morphological and anatomical information and promote new research opportunities. The micro-CT technology may support the development of “virtual museums” or “virtual laboratories” where digital 3D imaging data are shared widely and freely. There is currently a lack of universal standards concerning the publication and curation of micro-CT datasets.

New information

The aim of the current project was to create a virtual gallery with micro-CT scans of individuals of the marine gastropod Hexaplex trunculus, which were maintained under a combination of increased temperature and low pH conditions, thus simulating future climate change scenarios. The 3D volume-rendering models created were used to visualise the structure properties of the gastropods shells. Finally, the 3D analysis performed on the micro-CT scans was used to investigate potential changes in the shell properties of the gastropods. The derived micro-CT 3D images were annotated with detailed metadata and can be interactively displayed and manipulated using online tools through the micro-CT virtual laboratory, which was developed under the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure for the dissemination of virtual image galleries collection supporting the principles of FAIR data.

Chatzinikolaou E., Keklikoglou K., Grigoriou P. & Arvanitidis C., 2021. Micro-CT image gallery visually presenting the effects of ocean warming and acidification on marine gastropod shells. Biodiversity Data Journal 9: e75358. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.9.e75358. Article.


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