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Perspectives on marine zooplankton lipids


Kattner, G and Hagen, W and Lee, RF and Campbell, R and Deibel, D and Falk-Petersen, S and Graeve, M and Hansen, BW and Hirche, HJ and Jonasdottir, SH and Madsen, ML and Mayzaud, P and Muller-Navarra, D and Nichols, PD and Paffenhofer, GA and Pond, D and Saito, H and Stubing, D and Virtue, P, Perspectives on marine zooplankton lipids, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64, (11) pp. 1628-1639. ISSN 0706-652X (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1139/F07-122


We developed new perspectives to identify important questions and to propose approaches for future research on marine food web lipids. They were related to (i) structure and function of lipids, (ii) lipid changes during critical life phases, (iii) trophic marker lipids, and (iv) potential impact of climate change. The first addresses the role of lipids in membranes, storage lipids, and buoyancy with the following key question: How are the properties of membranes and deposits affected by the various types of lipids? The second deals with the importance of various types of lipids during reproduction, development, and resting phases and addresses the role of the different storage lipids during growth and dormancy. The third relates to trophic marker lipids, which are an important tool to follow lipid and energy transfer through the food web. The central question is how can fatty acids be used to identify and quantify food web relationships? With the fourth, hypotheses are presented on effects of global warming, which may result in the reduction or change in abundance of large, lipid-rich copepods in polar oceans, thereby strongly affecting higher trophic levels. The key question is how will lipid dynamics respond to changes in ocean climate at high latitudes? © 2007 NRC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Virtue, P (Associate Professor Patti Virtue)
ID Code:49987
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:86
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-10

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