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Understanding the Underwater Behaviour of Scuba Divers in Hong Kong
Although Hong Kong divers did not make many damaging contacts with corals, there is still an imminent need to determine the scale of damage from diving activities on the marine ecosystem given the rapid development of marine-based tourism and the limited coral-inhabited areas in Hong Kong.
Palatability of macrophytes to the invasive freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata: Differential effects of multiple plant traits
The results indicated that feeding was affected by several plant traits, and ecologists and managers should consider plant palatability when selecting plants for use in wetland restoration and when predicting the impact of further invasion by this species.
Insights from an Integrated View of the Biology of Apple Snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae)
The great majority of the work to date concerns a single species, Pomacea canaliculata, which the authors see as having the potential to become a model organism in a wide range of fields, however, additional comparative data are essential for understanding this diverse and potentially informative group.
Adaptation to deep-sea chemosynthetic environments as revealed by mussel genomes
The genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel and a shallow-water mussel are reported, revealing presumed genetic adaptation of theDeep-sea mussel to the presence of its chemoautotrophic endosymbionts and wider insights into the mechanisms of symbiosis in other organisms such as deep- sea tubeworms and giant clams are given.
Effects of macrophytes on feeding and life‐history traits of the invasive apple snail Pomacea canaliculata
It is indicated that, due to their higher nutritional value and lower chemical and physical defences, cultivated macrophytes are in general desirable for the apple snail which may partly explain its successful invasion into wet agricultural areas in Asia.
Characterization of the Proteomic Profiles of the Brown Tide Alga Aureoumbra lagunensis under Phosphate- and Nitrogen-Limiting Conditions and of Its Phosphate Limitation-Specific Protein with
The abundance, location, and functional expression of this alkaline phosphatase all indicate the importance of organic P utilization for A. lagunensis under P limitation, and the possible role ofThis alkalineosphatase in regenerating phosphate from extra- or intracellular organic phosphorus.
Secondary production and diet of an invasive snail in freshwater wetlands: implications for resource utilization and competition
High production by P. canaliculata in Hong Kong was attributable to the topical climate, permitting rapid growth and repeated reproduction, together with dietary flexibility including an ability to consume a range of macrophytes, indicating potential for competition with other macroinvertebrate primary consumers.