Studying effects from chronic marine environment pollution on the state of invertebrates reproductive function

18 March 2011
Written by Vaschenko M.A., Zhadan P.M.

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The paper summarises results of long‑term laboratory and field studies on the effects of environmental pollution on the gametogenesis, breeding and reproductive cycles of sea urchins and bivalve molluscs. The disordered gametogenesis can serve as a sensitive indicator of marine environment pollution. The authors estimate informativity of various indicators of reproductive function of these species and cite data from the studies about spawning period of Strongylocentrotus intermedius from the north‑western sea areas of the Sea of Japan with various anthropogenic stresses. The authors focus attention on a shift in the spawning period from autumn to early summer in sea urchin habitats known to be high‑polluted, and discuss probable mechanisms of this phenomenon.

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M.A. Vaschenko
A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology (17 Palchevskogo St. Vladivostok 690041 Russian Federation),
P.M. Zhadan
V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, FEB RAS (43 Baltiyskaya St. Vladivostok 690041 Russian Federation)

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