Hypothesized kinetic models for describing the growth of globular and encrusting demosponges

D. Sipkema, N.A.M. Yosef, M. Adamczewski, R. Osinga, D. Mendola, J. Tramper, R.H. Wijffels

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The marine sponges Dysidea avara and Chondrosia reniformis (globular forms) were cultured in the laboratory on a diet of viable Phaeodactylum tricornutum cells and dissolved nutrients (algae and fish powders). Our growth data were combined with literature data for Pseudosuberites andrewsi (a globular sponge) and for the encrusting sponges Oscarella lobularis, Hemimycale columella, and Crambe crambe. The suitability of three growth models-linear, exponential, and radial accretive-for describing the growth of globular and encrusting sponges was assessed. Radial accretive growth was determined to be the best model to describe growth of both encrusting and globular sponges. Average growth rates of 0.051 ± 0.016 and 0.019 ± 0.003 mm/day (calculated as the increase of the radius of the sponge per day) were obtained experimentally for D. avara and C. reniformis, respectively
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-51
JournalMarine Biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • marine natural-products
  • dissolved organic-carbon
  • sponge crambe-crambe
  • culture
  • dynamics
  • metabolites
  • aquaculture
  • explants
  • sea


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