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1 November 2006 Age-Dependent Survival, Reproduction and Photorepair Activity in Daphnia magna (Straus, 1820) After Exposure to Artificial Ultraviolet Radiation
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We examined age-related vulnerability of Daphnia magna to UV-B (ultraviolet-B radiation, 280–320 nm), the age-related relationships between UV-B dosage and reproduction, and the effects of duration of PRR (photorecovery radiation) on survival and fecundity. Animals were exposed to 0, 6, 9 or 12 h UV-B (peak emission 312 nm) at 1, 2, 3 or 4 days of age and followed to 12 days. Survival decreased with increasing exposure to UV-B, but increased with age at exposure. Duration of UV-B, but not age at exposure, decreased offspring production. Survival increased with an increase in duration of PRR for animals of all ages; however, the effect was not age related. Three-day-old animals were exposed to 6 h of UV-B followed by 0–600 min of PRR. Survival was greatest in controls, lowest in the group that received no PRR and similar for all other groups. Most mortality occurred within the first 72 h postirradiation. Offspring production was highest in light controls, lowest in the UV-B–exposed group that received no PRR and not significantly different among other groups. This study demonstrates the need to consider age when examining the effects of UV-B on zooplankton and the need to monitor responses over a sufficient length of time.

Judith D. Huebner, Donna L. W. Young, Nancy L. Loadman, Vanessa J. Lentz, and Murray D. Wiegand "Age-Dependent Survival, Reproduction and Photorepair Activity in Daphnia magna (Straus, 1820) After Exposure to Artificial Ultraviolet Radiation," Photochemistry and Photobiology 82(6), 1656-1661, (1 November 2006). https://doi.org/10.1562/2006-05-03-RA-890
Received: 3 May 2006; Accepted: 1 June 2006; Published: 1 November 2006
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