Linking biokinetics and consumer-resource dynamics of zinc accumulation in pond abalone Haliotis diversicolor supertexta

Chung Min Liao, Ming Chao Lin, Jui Sheng Chen, Jein Wen Chen

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A dynamic model that links biokinetics and consumer-resource dynamics for describing zinc (Zn) accumulation in abalone Haliotis diversicolor supertexta has been developed and then applied to Zn data from real abalone farms. The biokinetic parameters used in this study, uptake and depuration rate constants of abalone and their food source, red alga Gracilaria tenuistipitata var. liui, were obtained from a laboratory 14-d exposure experiment. We carried out a sensitivity analysis of the model by using the fractional factorial design technique, taking into account the influence of consumer-resource-related parameters such as growth and death rates and biomass and biokinetic parameters characterized by bioconcentration factor. Results indicate that the response time of biomagnification dynamics of Zn accumulation in abalone was influenced mainly by the growth rate of algae and biomass and the death rate of abalone and by interactions algae biomass and abalone death rate and abalone and algae biomass. New algae production results in substantially higher values of biomagnification factor. The linked model was then applied to field observations from a real-life situation of variable Zn concentrations occurring in abalone farms. Simulation results show that the predicted values are within a factor of 2 of the measured values (% errors range from 5.3±4% to 44.1±8%). Both model analysis and model application to the abalone farms suggest that the linking influences between biokinetics and consumer-resource dynamics support Zn accumulation in H. diversicolor supertexta and in G. tenuistipitata var. liui as functions of Zn concentration in water and abundance of food occurring in abalone farms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5102-5112
Number of pages11
JournalWater Research
Issue number20
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Abalone
  • Algae
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Consumer-resource dynamics
  • Zinc


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