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The effect of feeding or starvation on resource allocation to body components during the reproductive cycle of the sea urchin Sphaerechinus granularis (Lamarck).
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PMID:  10699209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To determine the effects of feeding or starvation on resource allocation to body components during the reproductive cycle of Sphaerechinus granularis, sea urchins were placed in laboratory tanks and either fed ad libitum or starved during two different periods of their biological cycle, i.e. the mature stage and the recovery stage. The urchin growth was monitored over the whole experimental period, the gonad, gut, lantern indices and organic matter levels of different organs were determined at the end of the experiment. During the mature stage sea urchins in good nutritional conditions did not increase in size, but allotted energy to gonad production and stored reserves in body wall. Limiting food stopped the gonadal growth without complete regression. During the recovery period food allowed somatic growth, i.e. test growth and the storage of reserves in gonad somatic cells. This somatic production did not occur under food-limited conditions and the resources allotted for survival and maintenance were taken from different body components.
Guillou; Lumingas; Michel
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology     Volume:  245     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol.     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-03-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9879543     Medline TA:  J Exp Mar Bio Ecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  183-196     Citation Subset:  -    
UMR CNRS 6539, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Place Nicolas Copernic, 29280, Plouzané, France
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