Marine Biology

, Volume 143, Issue 6, pp 1143–1149 | Cite as

Relationship between specific dynamic action and food quality in the solitary ascidian Ciona intestinalis

  • S. J. Sigsgaard
  • J. K. PetersenEmail author
  • J. J. L. Iversen
Research Article


This study aims to determine the influence of the quality of food on specific dynamic action (SDA) in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis and thereby if respiratory measurements of SDA can be used to monitor the quality of a potential food source. Weight specific rates of filtration, ingestion and respiration of C. intestinalis were examined using two different experimental methods. Two food sources were selected, the flagellate Rhodomonas sp. representing a high-quality food source and the eelgrass Zostera marina representing a potentially low-quality food source. In spite of insignificant differences in weight specific rates of filtration and ingestion of Rhodomonas sp. and Z. marina, significant differences in weight specific respiration rates and weight specific ingestion rates of C. intestinalis at different particle concentrations of the two food sources were found. Ingestion of Rhodomonas sp. resulted in a SDA coefficient of 20%, whereas the respiratory increase after ingestion of Z. marina was insignificant. From the experimental results it is concluded that SDA of C. intestinalis is strongly dependent on the quality of the food ingested.


Measuring Chamber Dissolve Oxygen Tension Specific Dynamic Action Potential Food Source Eelgrass Meadow 
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We would like to thank P. Thor for technical assistance and critical reading of the manuscript, N.T. Eriksen for supply of algae and M.G. Larsen for CHN-analysis. The experiments were carried out at the University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and at the National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Sigsgaard
    • 1
  • J. K. Petersen
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. J. L. Iversen
    • 2
  1. 1.National Environmental Research InstituteRoskildeDenmark
  2. 2.University of Southern DenmarkDepartment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Odense MDenmark

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