Development, validation and field application of an RNA-based growth index in juvenile plaice Pleuronectes platessa

Benjamin J. Ciotti, Timothy E. Targett, Richard DM Nash, Robert S Batty, Michael Burrows, Audrey J. Geffen

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Abstract

A general mechanism relating RNA concentration and growth rate is derived from four physiological assumptions and developed into a growth index for juvenile plaice Pleuronectes platessa. The index describing instantaneous growth rates (G, day-1) in the laboratory with the lowest Akaike information criterion with small-sample bias adjustment was a function of RNA concentration (R, ), temperature (T, degrees K), body mass (M, g) and DNA concentration (D, ): G = beta(0) + beta(R) R + beta T-T + beta(T2)T2 + beta M-M + beta D-D + beta RTRT. RNA concentration began to respond to changes in feeding conditions within 8 days, suggesting that the index reflects growth rate in the short-term. Furthermore, the index distinguished between rapid growth and negative growth of juvenile P. platessa measured directly in laboratory and field enclosures, respectively. An application of the RNA-based growth index at two beaches on the west coast of Scotland suggested that the growth of juvenile P. platessa varies considerably in space and time and is submaximum in late summer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2181-2209
Number of pages29
JournalJ FISH BIOL
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • PROTEIN SYNTHETIC CAPACITY
  • RAINBOW-TROUT
  • TROUT ONCORHYNCHUS-MYKISS
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Fisheries
  • COD GADUS-MORHUA
  • NUCLEIC-ACID CONTENT
  • SOFT-SEDIMENT BENTHOS
  • FLOUNDER PSEUDOPLEURONECTES-AMERICANUS
  • DRUM SCIAENOPS-OCELLATUS
  • DUTCH WADDEN SEA
  • OTOLITH MICROSTRUCTURE ANALYSIS

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