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Variation among populations in the resistance of Mytilus edulis embryos to copper: adaptation to pollution?
Hoare, K.; Beaumont, A.R.; Davenport, J. (1995). Variation among populations in the resistance of Mytilus edulis embryos to copper: adaptation to pollution? Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 120: 155-161
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
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Keyword
    Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Embryos; Mussels; Copper; Pollution; Adaptation; The Netherlands; United Kingdom; Mytilus edulis

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  • Hoare, K.
  • Beaumont, A.R.
  • Davenport, J.

Abstract
    The effects of copper on embryo development were found to differ between populations of the mussel Mytilus edulis L. (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Concentrations of copper which caused significantly increased rates of abnormality, and thus decreased yields of normal larvae, in populations from an unpolluted site (Menai Straits, Wales, UK) and to a lesser extent in an intermediately polluted site (Oosterschelde, The Netherlands) did not affect development of embryos from a polluted-site (Westerschelde, The Netherlands) population. Crosses indicated that tolerance was mostly maternally determined, but there is also evidence of a paternal, i.e. genetic effect. An appreciable quantity of background, non-treatment, embryo abnormality appeared to be sperm-mediated.

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