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Effects of starvation on structure and function in the digestive gland of the mussel Mytilus edulis L.)
Thompson, R.J.; Ratcliffe, N.A.; Bayne, B.L. (1974). Effects of starvation on structure and function in the digestive gland of the mussel Mytilus edulis L.). J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 54: 699-712
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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  • Thompson, R.J.
  • Ratcliffe, N.A.
  • Bayne, B.L.

Abstract
    The digestive gland of M. edulis shows seasonal changes in biochemical composition which suggest a role in the storage of energy reserves. There is evidence that such reserves are transferred from the digestive gland to the gonad during gametogenesis. Digestive gland material is also utilised during periods of starvation and temp stress; this process is associated with degeneration in the structure of the tubules. Digestive tubules can recover from the effects of a temp and nutritive stress and regain their structural integrity.

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