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Marine Biofouling

Colonization Processes and Defenses

By Alexander I. Railkin

CRC Press – 2004 – 320 pages

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    978-0-8493-1419-3
    December 28th 2003

Description

Recent instances of bioinvasion, such as the emergence of the zebra mussel in the American Great Lakes, generated a demand among marine biologists and ecologists for groundbreaking new references that detail how organisms colonize hard substrates, and how to prevent damaging biomass concentrations.

Marine Biofouling: Colonization Processes and Defenses is the English language version of a comprehensive work by eminent Russian scientist Alexander I. Railkin, who details the causes of vast biomass concentrations on submerged hard substrates. He also delivers a quantitative description of colonization processes and provides detailed models for preventing biofouling.

This volume expounds on many topics rarely discussed in the frame of one book: types of hard substrate communities; comparison of hard and soft substrate communities; harm caused by micro- and macrofoulers; larval taxes and drift; mechanisms of settlement and attachment of microorganisms, invertebrates, ascidians and macroalgae; the impact of currents; protection from epibionts; industrial biofouling protection; successions on hard substrates; and the recovery of disturbed communities or the self-assembly of communities. The text includes much Russian-language research translated for the first time.

Through a thorough examination of substrate organisms and an exploration of preventive methods, this monograph prepares those concerned with marine biology to help protect the self-purifying organisms that keep marine ecosystems healthy and productive.

Reviews

"The organization of this book breaks down this complex problem into its fundamental biological and ecological components. … This is an important reference resource for specialists of all kinds."

- Southeastern Naturalist, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2004

"The English translation of this monograph makes accessible for the first time a great number of Russian-language works on an important topic of marine ecology. …the writing is scientific and technical, the information is of great value both to biologists and to those practicing marine trades."

-Northeastern Naturalist, Issue 12/4, 2005

Contents

COMMUNITIES ON SUBMERGED HARD BODIES

Organisms and Communities Inhabiting Surfaces of Hard Bodies

The Phenomenon of Organisms Concentration on Surfaces of Hard Bodies

Biofouling as a Source of Technical Obstacles

BIOFOULING AS A PROCESS

Colonization

Primary Succession

Recovery Successions. Self-Assembly of Communities

TEMPORARY PLANKTONIC EXISTENCE

Release of Dispersal Forms into Plankton

Buoyancy and Locomotion of Propagules

Taxes and Vertical Distribution of Larvae

The Offshore and Oceanic Drift

SETTLEMENT OF LARVAE

The Reasons of Passing over to Periphytonic Existence

Taxes and Distribution of Larvae During Settlement

Sensory Systems Participating in the Substrate Selection

Selectivity During Settlement

INDUCTION AND STIMULATION OF SETTLEMENT BY A HARD SURFACE

Types of Induction and Stimulation of Settlement

Distant Chemical Induction

Contact Heterospecific Chemical Induction

Conspecific Chemical Induction and Aggregations

Stimulation of Settlement, Attachment, and Metamorphosis by Microfouling

The Influence of Physical Surface Factors on Settlement

Combined Influence of Surface Factors on Settlement. The Hierarchy of Factors

Settlement on the Surface Technical Objects

ATTACHMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND GROWTH

Attachment of Microorganisms

Mechanisms of Attachment of Larvae and Spores of Macroorganisms

Natural Inductors of Settlement, Attachment, and Metamorphosis

Universal Mechanisms of Attachment

Growth and Colonization of the Hard surface

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE QUANTITATIVE THEORY OF COLONIZATION

Mathematical Models of Accumulation

Mathematical Models of Feeding and Growth

Gradient Distribution of Foulers over Surfaces in a Flow

GENERAL REGULARITIES OF BIOFOULING

Causes, Mechanisms, and Limits of Biofouling Concentration on Hard Surfaces

Evolution of Hard-Substrate Communities

PROTECTION OF MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AGAINST BIOFOULING

Physical Protection

Commercial Chemobiocidal Protection

Ecological Consequences of Toxicant Application

ECOLOGICALLY SAFE PROTECTION FROM BIOFOULING

Defense Against Epibionts

Natural and Industrial Anticolonization Protection

Repellent Protection

Antiadhesive Protection

Biocidal Protection

Prospects of Developing Ecologically Safe Anticolonization Protection

THE GENERAL MODEL OF PROTECTION AGAINST BIOFOULING

Conclusion

References

Index

Name: Marine Biofouling: Colonization Processes and Defenses (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: By Alexander I. Railkin. Recent instances of bioinvasion, such as the emergence of the zebra mussel in the American Great Lakes, generated a demand among marine biologists and ecologists for groundbreaking new references that detail how organisms colonize hard substrates, and...
Categories: Biodiversity, Oceanography, Water Engineering, Marine & Aquatic Science