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Effects of UVB radiation on marine and freshwater organisms: a synthesis through meta-analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17355571     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation is a global stressor with potentially far-reaching ecological impacts. In the first quantitative analysis of the effects of UVB on aquatic organisms, we used meta-analytic techniques to explore the effects of UVB on survival and growth in freshwater and marine systems. Based on the large body of literature on the effects of UVB in aquatic systems, we predicted that UVB would have different effects in different habitats, experimental venues, trophic groups and life history stages. Contrary to our predictions, we found an overall negative effect of UVB on both survival and growth that crossed life histories, trophic groups, habitats and experimental venues. UVB had larger negative effects on growth in embryos compared with later life history stages. Despite the overall negative effect of UVB, effect sizes varied widely. In the survival analyses, no relationship between mean effect size and taxonomic groups or levels of exposure to UVB was detected. In the growth analyses, a larger negative effect on protozoans was observed. Our analyses suggest that the effects of UVB in aquatic systems are large and negative but highly variable between organisms. Variation in susceptibility may have important implications for population and community structure.
Betsy A Bancroft; Nick J Baker; Andrew R Blaustein
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ecology letters     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1461-0248     ISO Abbreviation:  Ecol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-14     Completed Date:  2007-04-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121949     Medline TA:  Ecol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fresh Water
Growth / radiation effects
Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*

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