Effect of a tripeptide on the aggregational behaviour of the blue mussel Mytilus edulis

C.G.N. de Vooys

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Abstract

Aggregation of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) is stimulated by environmental chemical stimuli. Experiments carried out in a basin with a one-way current showed that individual mussels were attracted to upstream mussel concentrations and moved actively in their direction. The involvement of a tripeptide in this migration was implicated by experiments demonstrating that individual mussels were effectively attracted and moved actively towards a source of glycine-glycine-arginine at concentrations of 0.56-3.78 x 10-10 M. A distinct seasonal difference in the extent of movement towards mussel concentrations was found. From the beginning of autumn, movement decreases linearly towards zero movement in winter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1123
JournalMarine Biology
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • marine organisms
  • signal molecules
  • peptide analogs
  • settlement
  • waterborne
  • position
  • environments
  • pheromone
  • dynamics
  • release

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