Understanding the dynamics of δ13C and δ15N in soft tissues of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas facing environmental fluctuations in the context of Dynamic Energy Budgets (DEB)

Type Article
Date 2011-11
Language English
Author(s) Emmery Antoine1, 2, 3, Lefebvre Sebastien1, Alunno-Bruscia MarianneORCID2, Kooijman S. A. L. M.4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Lille 1 Sci & Technol, UMR CNRS LOG 8187, Stn Marine de Wimereux, F-62930 Wimereux, France.
2 : Ifremer, Dept PFOM PI, F-29840 Argenton, France.
3 : Univ Caen, Univ Caen Basse Normandie, IFREMER, IBFA,UCBN UMR PE2M 100, F-14032 Caen, France.
4 : Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Dep Theoret Biol, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Source Journal Of Sea Research (1385-1101) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2011-11 , Vol. 66 , N. 4 , P. 361-371
DOI 10.1016/j.seares.2011.08.002
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Keyword(s) Oyster, Isotopic ratio, Discrimination, Trophic-shift, Diet, DEB theory
Abstract We studied the dynamics of stable isotopes δ13C and δ15N of an opportunistic suspension feeder the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to better understand the factors that influence the trophic enrichment (trophic-shift, Δ) between primary producers and consumers. Most of the previous studies on this topic do not quantify mass fluxes or isotopic discrimination phenomena in the organism, which are two pillars in isotope ecology. We used a dynamic energy budget (DEB) approach (Kooijman, 2010) to quantify i) the fluxes of elements and isotopes in C. gigas soft tissues and ii) the impact of the scaled feeding level, the organism mass and the isotopic ratio of food on the "trophic-shift" Δ, and isotope turnover in tissues. Calibration and parametrization modelling were based on data from the literature. We showed that a five-fold increase in scaled feeding level leads to a decrease of the trophic-shift value of 35% for carbon and 43% for nitrogen. This can be explained by the molecule selection for the anabolic and/or catabolic way. When f increases due to the reserve dynamic formulation in the standard DEB model, the half-life of the isotopic ratio tδ 1/2 in tissues also decreases from 13.1 to 7.9 d for δ13C and from 22.1 to 10.3 d for δ15N. Organism mass also affects the trophicshift value: an increase of the individual initial mass from 0.025 g to 0.6 g leads to an enrichment of 22% for δ13C and 21% for δ15N. For a large individual, these patterns show that a high structural volume has to be maintained. Another consequence of the mass effect is an increase of the half-life for δ13C from 6.6 to 12.0 d, and an increase of the half life for δ15N from 8.3 to 19.4 d. In a dynamic environment, the difference in the isotopic ratios between the individual tissues and the food (δ13CW − δ13CX) exhibits a range of variation of 2.02‰ for carbon and 3.03‰ for nitrogen. These results highlight the potential errors in estimating the contributions of the food sources without considering the selective incorporation of isotopes. We conclude that the dynamic energy budget model is a powerful tool to investigate the fate of isotopes in organisms.
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Emmery Antoine, Lefebvre Sebastien, Alunno-Bruscia Marianne, Kooijman S. A. L. M. (2011). Understanding the dynamics of δ13C and δ15N in soft tissues of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas facing environmental fluctuations in the context of Dynamic Energy Budgets (DEB). Journal Of Sea Research, 66(4), 361-371. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2011.08.002 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00043/15434/