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The effect of several abiotic factors (salinity, temperature and pH) on bacterial proliferation and survival time of the sea mussel Mytilus edulis L. were studied under anoxic incubations. In addition, the presence in the incubation media of ammonium and the volatile fatty acids propionate and acetate, both excreted fermentation products of the bivalve, was tested. Anoxic incubations with seawater diluted with demineralised water showed at the lowest salinity (50% seawater, SW) a significant increase in the capacity of M. edulis to survive anoxia as compared to both 75% SW and control [100% SW, corresponding to 32 practical salinity units (psu)]. Formation of biotic sulphide and ammonium occurred in all incubations. However, bacterial proliferation was postponed by 2-3 days at lowest salinity and accordingly, concentrations of both compounds were lower. An Acidification of the anoxic incubation medium had a positive effect on survival time. LT50 values significantly (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-49
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

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