Publication Alert! – Climate change studies on the giant clams

The impacts of climate change and global warming on marine ecosystems are fairly well-known, and studies have begin to look at synergistic effects of climate stressors on coral reefs. However, very little has been done to understand taxa-specific responses, and how they may potential counteract against climate change. There has been work progress in the research field for the giant clams, and I like to highlight some of the recently published work in the past 2 years…

1) Eckman et al. 2014. Observations on the hyposaliity tolerance of fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa, Lamarck 1819) larvae. Nature in Singapore 7: 111-116. [Open Access]

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2)  Maboloc et al. 2014. Effects of reduced salinity on the heterotrophic feeding of the juvenile giant clam Tridacna gigas. Journal of Shellfish Research 33(2): 373-379.

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3) Maboloc et al. Early view. Stress responses of zooxanthellae in juvenile Tridacna gigas (Bivalvia, Cardiidae) exposed to reduced salinity. Hydrobiologia.

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4) Ip et al. 2015. Light induces changes in activities of NA+/K+-ATPase, H+/K+-ATPAse and glutamine synthetase in tissues involved directly or indirectly in light-enhanced calcification in the giant clam, Tridacna squamosa. Frontiers in Physiology. [Open Access]
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5) Watson 2015. Giant clams and rising CO2: Light may ameliorate effects of ocean acidification on a solar-powered animal. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128405.
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Congratulations to all the authors! 🙂

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