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Effects of graded hypoxia on Atlantic salmon infected with amoebic gill disease


Powell, MD and Fisk, DM and Nowak, BF, Effects of graded hypoxia on Atlantic salmon infected with amoebic gill disease, Journal of Fish Biology, 57, (4) pp. 1047-1057. ISSN 0022-1112 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/jfbi.2000.1370


Atlantic salmon Salmo salar with amoebic gill disease (AGD) were exposed to a graded hypoxia (135-40 mmHg water PO2) and blood samples analysed for respiratory gases and pH at 119, 79·5 and 40 mmHg water PO2. There were no differences in the rate of oxygen uptake between infected and control fish. However, arterial PO2, and pH were significantly lower in the infected fish whereas PCO2 was significantly higher in infected fish compared with controls prior to hypoxia and at 119 mmHg water PO2. At 79·5 and 40 mmHg water PO2 saturation, there were no significant differences in blood PO2 or pH although blood PCO2 was elevated in AGD affected fish at 50% hypoxia (79·5 mmHg water PO2). The elevated levels of PCO2 in fish affected by AGD resulted in a persistent respiratory acidosis even during hypoxic challenge. These data suggest that even though the fish were severely affected by AGD, the presence of AGD while impairing gas transfer under normoxic conditions, did not contribute to respiratory failure during hypoxia. (C) 2000 The Fisheries Society of the British isles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Powell, MD (Dr Mark Powell)
UTAS Author:Fisk, DM (Mr Daniel Fisk)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:19224
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-07

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