JEB logo

Journal of Environmental Biology

pISSN: 0254-8704 ; eISSN: 2394-0379 ; CODEN: JEBIDP

About Journal
    Editorial Board
    Reviewer Panel
    RnD Division
    Subscription Info
    Contact Journal
Read Journal
    Current Issue
    Journal Archives
For Authors
    Authoring Guidelines
    Publication Process
    Track Paper Status

Search the Journal web-site through Google:

        Abstract - Issue Jul 2008, 29 (4)                                                                                                             Back


Comparison of the effectiveness of four organic chemoattractants towards zoospores of Ulva pertusa and macrofouling

Ji Hyun Lee*1, M. Sidharthan2, Sang Mok Jung2, Qtae Jo1, Mohammad M. Rahman1 and Hyun Woung Shin2

1Aquaculture Research Team, East Sea Fisheries Research Institute, NFRDI, Gangneung, Gangwon-Do - 210 861, South Korea
2Department of Marine Biotechnology, Soonchunhyang University, Asan City - 336 745, South Korea

(Received: September 04, 2007; Revised received: June 07, 2008; Accepted: June 09, 2008)

Abstract: Algal spores respond to many environmental variables, especially, to chemical “cues”. This chemotactic response can be utilized to attract spores, thereby colonization of a new substrata is possible to be influenced. In this attempt, four chemoattractant candidates were screened against spores of Ulva pertusa to reveal their efficiencies. Attachment and subsequent germination of Ulva spores were effectively influenced by these chemoattractant candidates. In particular, 100 µg cm-2 of D-glucose coating was found to enhance spore attachment by >150%. Furthermore, field investigations carried out with test panels, clearly indicate the chemoattractive properties of test coatings. In recent years, various anthropogenic activities and natural hazards cause detrimental impacts on the benthic algae and other fishery resources. Artificial reefs have been laid on many coastal regions to increase or restore marine resources. Chemoattractant coatings can be applied on artificial surfaces to increase the colonization of benthic forms. It also can be used in the mariculture devices. Influence of chemoattractants on Ulva spores and fouling biomass estimated on test panels are discussed.

Key words: Organic chemoattractants, Fouling biomass, Germlings, Spore attachment, Germination, Ulva pertusa

PDF of full length paper is available with author (


Copyright © 2008 Triveni Enterprises. All rights reserved. No part of the Journal can be reproduced in any form without prior permission. Responsibility regarding the authenticity of the data, and the acceptability of the conclusions enforced or derived, rest completely with the author(s).