A comparison of the nutritional condition of herring larvae as determined by two biochemical methods - tryptic enzyme activity and RNA/DNA ratio measurements

Ueberschär, Bernd and Clemmesen, Catriona (1992) A comparison of the nutritional condition of herring larvae as determined by two biochemical methods - tryptic enzyme activity and RNA/DNA ratio measurements ICES Journal of Marine Science, 49 . pp. 245-249. DOI 10.1093/icesjms/49.2.245.

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Abstract

Two biochemical methods for measuring larval fish condition – tryptic enzyme activity and RNA/DNA ratio measurement - were applied to laboratory-reared and wild-caught herring larvae. The comparison of both methods when applied to laboratory-reared herring larvae showed that tryptic enzyme activity and RNA/DNA ratio are linear and positively correlated under constant nutritional conditions. Wild-caught larvae were transferred to the laboratory and used to compare both indicators in relation to shortterm changes in food availability and long-term starvation periods (13 days). In the starvation experiments with the wild-caught larvae the lowest trypsin values were obtained after 3–4 days and a significant decrease in RNA/DNA ratios was obtained after 5–6 days. Prolongation of the starvation time did not result in a further significant change in either parameter. The results of the study demonstrate the usefulness of both methods in monitoring nutritional condition offish larvae in field samples.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Ichthyology; MARINE FISH LARVAE; COD GADUS-MORHUA; CLUPEA-HARENGUS; FLUORESCENCE TECHNIQUE; GROWTH; TRYPSIN
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1093/icesjms/49.2.245
ISSN: 1054-3139
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2009 12:26
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 09:28
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/6173

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