Mohamed Salah Romdhane

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Coastal ecosystems are subjected to a wide variety of disturbances, including those due to xenobiotics of agricultural and industrial origin. These pollutants as heavy metals can modify the genetic diversity of populations by favouring or counter-selecting certain alleles or genotypes by differential mortality. In the present study, two genetic markers(More)
This study presents a genetic characterization of 27 potentially toxic cyanobacterial strains isolated from seven reservoirs located in the north and centre of Tunisia. These strains belonged mainly to Microcystis aeruginosa, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii and Planktothrix agardhii species. Their toxicological potential was evaluated by molecular biology(More)
The Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, has breeding colonies in the island of Chikly (in the lake of Tunis) and in Thyna saltpans (in the gulf of Gabès), two important Tunisian wetlands that are strongly affected by anthropogenic activity. Here, we used E. garzetta chick feathers for environmental monitoring of breeding grounds of this species. Since trophic(More)
Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is an invasive freshwater cyanobacteria of tropical origin, also found in temperate regions. Due to its known ability to produce potent toxins, such as cylindrospermopsin and the paralytic shellfish poisoning, this species is of major concern from a water quality perspective. This study presents a genetic characterization of(More)
We used Yellow-legged Gull (YLG) chicks to monitor trace elements in Tunisian areas subject to different pollution stresses: urban contamination (Chikly), industrial pollution (Thyna) and an unpolluted area (Kneis). We measured trace element concentrations (Hg, Se and Pb) in chick feathers. We also assessed their feeding ecology by analyzing both(More)
The aim of this research is to statistically optimize enzymatic hydrolysis parameters for the production of R-phycoerythrin (RPE) from red algae Gracilaria verrucosa. Six independent variables, incubation temperature, incubation time, ratio of buffer to raw material, cellulase loading, xylanase loading, and pH, were selected for response surface methodology(More)
Chromidina spp. are enigmatic apostome ciliates (Oligohymenophorea, Opalinopsidae) that parasitise the renal and pancreatic appendages of cephalopods. Only four species have been described, among which only three have been formally named. No DNA sequence has been reported so far. To investigate Chromidina spp. diversity, we sampled cephalopods in the(More)
Spatial patterns of beta diversity are a major focus of ecology. They can be especially valuable in conservation planning. In this study, we used a generalized dissimilarity modeling approach to analyze and predict the spatial patterns of beta diversity for commercially exploited, demersal marine species assemblages along the Tunisian coasts. For this(More)
Dicyemids are common parasites found in the kidneys of many cephalopods. Species identification previously relied on old species descriptions containing considerable confusions, casting doubt on taxonomy and identification. Detailed morphological description and genotyping of all developmental stages are required for an exact taxonomy. To this end, we(More)
The gametogenic cycle of Crassostrea gigas, a species imported into the Mediterranean for aquaculture, has been studied (May 2005 to July 2006) in two contrasting habitats of Tunisia: the Bizert lagoon, where oyster farms have been developed since 1970, and the Gulf of Tunis, where oysters have been experimentally farmed during this study, to assess the(More)