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dc.contributor.authorRodriguez-Perez, Ana
dc.contributor.authorJames, Mark
dc.contributor.authorDonnan, David W.
dc.contributor.authorHenry, Theodore B.
dc.contributor.authorMøller, Lene Friis
dc.contributor.authorSanderson, William G.
dc.identifier.citationRodriguez-Perez , A , James , M , Donnan , D W , Henry , T B , Møller , L F & Sanderson , W G 2019 , ' Conservation and restoration of a keystone species : understanding the settlement preferences of the European oyster ( Ostrea edulis ) ' , Marine Pollution Bulletin , vol. 138 , pp. 312-321 .
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:476588928C038E931C3C3E43384B7F06
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7182-1725/work/57330875
dc.descriptionThe project was funded by the Nesbit Cleland Trust (St Abbs Marine Station), Royal Haskoning DHV and Scottish Natural Heritage with additional support from the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP: a partnership between Heriot-Watt University, the Marine Conservation Society and the Glenmorangie Whisky Company: A15R10520) and the MASTS pooling initiative (the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) funded by the Scottish Funding Council, United Kingdom (grant reference HR09011). Additional funding was provided by a MASTS PECRE grant. The authors wish to thank the staff of the Danish Shellfish Centre for their kind support.en
dc.description.abstractThe European oyster Ostrea edulis is a keystone species that is internationally recognised as ‘threatened and declining’ in the NE Atlantic by OSPAR and several nations have consequently adopted strategies for its conservation and restoration. Understanding the settlement behaviour of O. edulis larvae is crucial to inform these strategies. We compared the efficiency of several treatments in triggering settlement. The most effective settlement occurred with the presence of conspecifics: 100% settled in <23 h. Marine stones with habitat-associated biofilms induced 81% settlement that started after a 45 h delay. Sterile shells and terrestrial stones did not induce more settlement than control treatments. These results indicate that O. edulis larvae are gregarious and finely-tuned to settle in response to cues which are indicative of their adult habitat requirements. The role of chemical cues in mediating settlement, and the importance of this to restoration, are discussed.
dc.relation.ispartofMarine Pollution Bulletinen
dc.subjectKeystone speciesen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.titleConservation and restoration of a keystone species : understanding the settlement preferences of the European oyster (Ostrea edulis)en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Coastal Resources Management Groupen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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