Epipodial Tentacle Gene Expression and Predetermined Resilience to Summer Mortality in the Commercially Important Greenlip Abalone, Haliotis laevigata
Brett P Shiel, Nathan E Hall, Ira R Cooke, Nicholas A Robinson, Jan M Strugnell
MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2017
"Summer mortality" is a phenomenon that occurs during warm water temperature spikes that results in the mass mortality of many ecologically and economically important mollusks such as abalone. This study aimed to determine whether the baseline gene expression of abalone before a laboratory-induced summer mortality event was associated with resilience to summer mortality. Tentacle transcriptomes of 35 greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata) were sequenced prior to the animals being exposed to an increase in water temperature-simulating conditions which have previously resulted in summer mortality. Abalone derived from three source locations with different environmental conditions were categoriz..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)
This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project DP110100592 awarded to Jan Strugnell. Thanks are due to the Australian Bight Abalone group, in particular Ben Smith, for supplying the abalone for this study. Thanks are also given to the Victorian Life Science Computation Center for the summer internship (BPS).