RNA–DNA ratio and other nucleic acid-based indicators for growth and condition of marine fishes

@article{Buckley2004RNADNARA,
  title={RNA–DNA ratio and other nucleic acid-based indicators for growth and condition of marine fishes},
  author={Lawrence J. Buckley and Elaine M. Caldarone and T.-L. Ong},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={401},
  pages={265-277}
}
Nucleic acid analysis has provided useful tools to study recent growth and mortality of young fishes and their responses to environmental variability. The ratio of RNA–DNA (R/D) has been shown to respond to changes in feeding conditions and growth after periods as short as 1–3 days in a variety of fish species. The earliest studies used primarily UV-based methods, but most investigators now use more sensitive, fluorometric dye-binding assays to estimate RNA and DNA in individual larvae. These… CONTINUE READING