The Role of Chemical Interactions in Embryonic Diapause Induction in Zooplankton

  • Egor ZadereevEmail author
  • Tatiana S. Lopatina
Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 92)


Production of resting eggs in zooplankton is controlled by multiple stimuli. In this chapter, we briefly discussed published data that confirm the effect of infochemicals produced by conspecifics, competitors, predators or preys on the production of resting eggs in zooplankton. We found that the effect of conspecific chemicals on the production of resting eggs is the most convincing. Both experimental data and theoretical research demonstrated that this density-dependent reaction often results in a competitive advantage of individuals in the population that follows such a strategy. The data on the effect of chemicals exuded by competitors or predators are controversial. Data on the effect of chemical interaction on the production of resting eggs in natural habitats are almost absent. Most of the studies of chemical interactions are performed with individuals in laboratory experiments with crowded water. Crowded water is water that contains chemicals exuded by the population. Even though this method has the number of drawbacks, it is still widely used in similar studies. There are several studies focused on the identification of the chemical nature of cues responsible for the production of resting eggs in zooplankton. Most probably, chemicals involved are short proteins. However, the exact identification of the chemicals responsible for the production of resting eggs in zooplankton remains an open task. In order to place chemical interactions into a framework of multiple diapause control theory, it is necessary to determine the nature of chemicals involved and to demonstrate population- and ecosystem-level consequences of this phenomenon in natural habitats.


Resting eggs, Chemical interactions, Zooplankton, Competition, Conspecific chemicals, Kairomones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biophysics, Krasnoyarsk Research Center SB RASAkademgorodokRussia

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