Assessing the Effect of Environment on Barnacle Settlement, Adhesion and Biomineralization
Technical Report,15 Apr 2014,28 Feb 2018
THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY Ewing United States
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The effect of environment on adhesion and biomineralization was assessed in the barnacle Amphibalanus amphitrite. Adhesive properties were robust to pH, but reduced pH resulted in an increase in shell growth and a decrease in shell toughness. Increased temperature moderated the effect of reduced pH. The response to salinity depended on larval-batch. The project sheds light on fundamental mechanisms of adhesion and biomineralization in barnacles and provides information that may be useful as the Navy assesses conditions that reduce the fouling load.
- Biological Oceanography