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Developmental hypoxia has negligible effects on long-term hypoxia tolerance and aerobic metabolism of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)


Wood, AT and Clark, TD and Andrewartha, SJ and Elliott, NG and Frappell, PB, Developmental hypoxia has negligible effects on long-term hypoxia tolerance and aerobic metabolism of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 90, (4) pp. 494-501. ISSN 1522-2152 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1086/692250


Exposure to developmental hypoxia can have long-term impacts on the physiological performance of fish because of irreversible plasticity. Wild and captive-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) can be exposed to hypoxic conditions during development and continue to experience fluctuating oxygen levels as juveniles and adults.Here,we examine whether developmental hypoxia impacts subsequent hypoxia tolerance and aerobic performance of Atlantic salmon. Individuals at 8C were exposed to 50% (hypoxia) or 100% (normoxia) dissolved oxygen (DO) saturation (as percent of air saturation) from fertilization for ∼100 d (800 degree days) and then raised in normoxic conditions for a further 15mo. At 18mo after fertilization, aerobic scope was calculated in normoxia (100% DO) and acute (18 h) hypoxia (50% DO) from the difference between the minimum and maximum oxygen consumption rates (ṀO2 min and ṀO2 max, respectively) at 107C. Hypoxia tolerance was determined as the DO at which loss of equilibrium (LOE) occurred in a constantly decreasing DO environment. There was no difference in ṀO2 min, ṀO2 max, or aerobic scope between fish raised in hypoxia or normoxia. There was some evidence that hypoxia tolerance was lower (higher DO at LOE) in hypoxiaraised fish compared with those raised in normoxia, but the magnitude of the effect was small (12.52% DO vs. 11.73% DO at LOE). Acute hypoxia significantly reduced aerobic scope by reducing ṀO2 max, while ṀO2 min remained unchanged. Interestingly, acute hypoxia uncovered individual-level relationships between DO at LOE and ṀO2 min, ṀO2 max, and aerobic scope. We discuss our findings in the context of developmental trajectories and the role of aerobic performance in hypoxia tolerance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquaculture, hypoxia, aerobic metabolism, hypoxia tolerance, developmental trajectory
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal physiological ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Wood, AT (Mr Andrew Wood)
UTAS Author:Clark, TD (Dr Timothy Clark)
UTAS Author:Andrewartha, SJ (Dr Sarah Andrewartha)
UTAS Author:Frappell, PB (Professor Peter Frappell)
ID Code:116100
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-05-01
Last Modified:2018-03-21
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