Navigation Links
Researchers find animal with ability to survive climate change
Date:9/23/2008

Queen's researchers have found that the main source of food for many fish - including cod - in the North Atlantic appears to adapt in order to survive climate change.

Billions of Calanus finmarchicus, a plankton species, which are just a few millimetres in size, live in the waters of the North Atlantic where the research was carried out.

It showed they responded to global warming after the last Ice Age, around 18,000 years ago, by moving north and maintaining large population sizes and also suggests that these animals might be able to track the current change in habitat.

The effect of global climate change on the planet's ecosystems is one of the key issues scientists are currently focussing on and the research has been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a publication of the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, today.

One of the main predicted effects of climate change is a forced shift in species' distribution range.

The study leader, Dr Jim Provan, from Queen's School of Biological Sciences, said the discovery that that a species has a feature which helps it cope with global warming is a rare example of good news.

"Our results, in contrast to previous studies, suggest that the species has been able to shift its distribution range in response to previous changes in the Earth's climate, and thus 'track' the effects of climate change, a feature which may be of crucial importance in its survival.

"The genetic variability of the species - the tendency of the genetic make-up of a population to vary from one individual to another - has remained high, which is good news, and suggests that these animals might be able to track the current change in habitat resulting from global warming and maintain viable population sizes.

"If the species couldn't, it might become extinct and thus threaten the fish species that depend upon it for food.

"It might be a rare example of news that may not be doom-and-gloom with respect to climate change, but it doesn't mean that we don't have to keep watching what happens."

Previous work on the species had indicated a serious drop in numbers and decreases in population size may be reflected in decreases in genetic variability.

This can compromise the adaptive potential of the populations for the future and possibly result in extinction.

As a result of the Queen's findings the team is planning further work to see how the study applies to rapid global warming over the last few decades.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Clements
a.clements@qub.ac.uk
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Researchers identify proteins involved in new neurodegenerative syndrome
2. Texas researchers and educators head for Antarctica
3. MGH researchers describe new way to identify, evolve novel enzymes
4. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
5. U of MN researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
6. U of Minnesota researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
7. Researchers discover new strategies for antibiotic resistance
8. Researchers find new taste in fruit flies: carbonated water
9. Binghamton University researchers investigate evolving malaria resistance
10. UIC researchers find promising new targets for antibiotics
11. Researchers develop simple method to create natural drug products
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2020)... ... 20, 2020 , ... NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, ... with expertise in clinical trial planning and feasibility, regulatory inspection readiness, and clinical ... his career, Mr. Movahhed has helped design and manage oncology, neurology, cardiovascular, and ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 05, 2020 , ... Regenative Labs has received approval from ... and ProText™, making them the first Wharton’s jelly allografts to be assigned a Q ... company’s solutions are the first Wharton’s jelly allograft product to be recognized as a ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... A study ... the Invictus Medical Neoasis™ active noise control device to attenuate typical noises in ... Neoasis™ device attenuated the alarm sounds from patient monitors, ventilators and other bedside ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 12, 2020 , ... Inc. magazine today ... leader in FDA compliance consulting has been named on its annual Inc. 5000 ... represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 29, 2020 , ... G-CON Manufacturing, the leader in off-site ... FOR LIFE.” The adoption of this taglines comes at a time of tremendous ... to provide patients with urgently needed vaccines and other lifesaving pharmaceutical treatments. G-CON’s ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... top radiation centers in 16 countries, has reached its 20th anniversary of worldwide ... in routine use at top universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... Medial ... early detection and prevention of high-burden diseases, and Centric Consulting, a business and ... organizations to utilize existing data in order to identify and prioritize patients for ...
Breaking Biology Technology: