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Henrikson, L., Arvidsson, B. & Österling, M. (Eds.). (2012). Aquatic Conservation with Focus on Margaritifera margaritifera: Proceedings of the International Conference in Sundsvall, Sweden, 12-14 August, 2009. Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aquatic Conservation with Focus on Margaritifera margaritifera: Proceedings of the International Conference in Sundsvall, Sweden, 12-14 August, 2009
2012 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (L.) has attracted a large human interest, since the mussel is fascinating from biological, cultural andenvironmental perspectives. The mussel has a complicated life cycle dependingon host fish, and has great demands on its habitat. Furthermore, the mussel is anenvironmental indicator, and is used as an umbrella and flagship species. Pearl fishing has been described in Sweden as early as in the 16th century and by Carl Linnaeus in the 18th century.

Many freshwater pearl mussel populations have insufficient recruitment and therefore decrease in numbers, and many populations are even extinct. Therefore, conservation work on the freshwater pearl mussel is going on all over Europe. Actions to preserve the freshwater pearl mussel will also favour other aquatic species – freshwater pearl mussel conservation is aquatic biodiversity conservation! WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Sweden implemented the project “The Freshwater Pearl Mussel and its habitats in Sweden” during 2004-2009 (LIFE04NAT/SE/000231). The overall objective was to improve the habitats of juvenile freshwater pearl mussels and the host fish brown trout Salmo trutta in21 streams. The actions were improvements of the biotopes, re-introduction of mussels, information to the stakeholders, and development of planning methods. An international conference “Aquatic Conservation with Focus on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera” was held in Sundsvall 12–14 August, 2009. In these proceedings, presentations from the conference are published.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2012. p. 183
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2012:40
National Category
Ecology
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-14494 (URN)978-91-7063-447-5 (ISBN)
Note

“Aquatic Conservation with Focus on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera” was held in Sundsvall 12–14 August, 2009

Available from: 2012-08-14 Created: 2012-08-14 Last updated: 2015-11-12
Arvidsson, B. L., Karlsson, J. & Österling, M. E. (2012). Recruitment of the threatened mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in relation to mussel population size, mussel density and host density. Aquatic conservation, 22, 526-532
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recruitment of the threatened mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in relation to mussel population size, mussel density and host density
2012 (English)In: Aquatic conservation, ISSN 1052-7613, E-ISSN 1099-0755, Vol. 22, p. 526-532Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Anthropogenic, abiotic factors are considered main causes of recruitment failure of unionid mussels, including the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). In this large-scale investigation, we instead examined the relationship between biotic factors and mussel recruitment.

Juvenile mussel density was positively related to both mussel population size and density of which the last appeared to be a more accurate measure of recruitment.Host fish density of young-of-the-year and older brown trout (Salmo trutta) were positively related to recruitment. Moreover, the mean density of both age classes of fish, when grouped into density classes was positively related to juvenile mussel density, an effect that decreased at trout densities above 10 trout 100 m-2.There was a higher relative importance of mussel population size and density than trout density to recruitment.To increase recruitment of juvenile mussels, managers may apply measures that increase mussel density, and trout density up to about 10 trout 100 m-2 in connection to mussel beds. Mussel beds may also be managed and one possible measure within small and sparse mussel populations may be to concentrate the remaining mussels to areas where trout density is high. Likewise, young-of-the-year trout may also be moved to areas of high mussel density, as young trout individuals are relatively resident during their first year. This may increase mussel larval infection rates and mussel recruitment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, 2012
Keywords
unionid mussels; Maragritifera margaritifera;Salmo trutta; population size;denisty; conservation
National Category
Biological Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15792 (URN)10.1002/aqc.2240 (DOI)000307100400009 ()
Available from: 2012-11-26 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved
Österling, M. & Arvidsson, B. (2011). Anthropogenic impact on recruitment, growth and host-fish of Margaritifera margaritifera.. In: : . Paper presented at CEN conference, Windermere, England. 22-24 Februari, 2011..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anthropogenic impact on recruitment, growth and host-fish of Margaritifera margaritifera.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30452 (URN)
Conference
CEN conference, Windermere, England. 22-24 Februari, 2011.
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved
Österling, M. E., Arvidsson, B. L. & Greenberg, L. A. (2010). Habitat degradation and the decline of the threatened mussel Margaritifera maragaritifera: influence of turbidity and sedimentation on mussel an its host. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(4), 759-768
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Habitat degradation and the decline of the threatened mussel Margaritifera maragaritifera: influence of turbidity and sedimentation on mussel an its host
2010 (English)In: Journal of Applied Ecology, ISSN 0021-8901, E-ISSN 1365-2664, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 759-768Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

1. Habitat degradation is a major reason for species extinctions. For parasite–host interactions, the decline of a parasite may not only be related to the parasite’s tolerance to habitat degradation but also indirectly through the host’s tolerance to the same disturbance.

2. Our objective was to explore the cause of population declines of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera by relating the age distribution, density and growth of the mussels with turbidity, sedimentation rates and density of the mussel’s host, trout Salmo trutta, in 26 Swedish streams.

3. An analysis of the age structure of nine mussel populations showed that maximum age differed by 60 years, with five populations having low proportions of juvenile mussels. Adult mussel density was higher at sites where juvenile mussels occurred than at sites lacking juvenile mussels.

4. Growth of adult mussels during the past 10 years was lower in the five streams lacking recent recruitment than in the four streams with recent recruitment, indicating that some environmental factor may be negatively impacting these populations.

5. A comparison among 24 populations indicated that turbidity and sedimentation may be responsible for recruitment failure in 58% of the populations. The age of the youngest mussel was positively related to turbidity and sedimentation, and juvenile mussel density was negatively related to turbidity and sedimentation. In contrast, trout density was not related to recruitment of mussels or sedimentation, but was positively related to turbidity in all streams, both with and without recent mussel recruitment.

6.Synthesis and applications. Recruitment failure of M. margaritifera appears to be related to its own vulnerability to turbidity and sedimentation rather than to its host’s response to this type of habitat degradation. The results from our study suggest that managers might be able to evaluate the potential viability of mussel populations by measuring stream turbidity. Restoration activities to improve the mussels’ environment should focus on reducing fine material transport into streams.

Keywords
Habitat degradation, host-parasite, Margaritifera margaritifera, recruitment, Salmo trutta, sedimentation, turbidity, Unionoida
National Category
Biological Sciences Zoology Fish and Aquacultural Science
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-2095 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01827.x (DOI)000279405100006 ()
Available from: 2007-03-15 Created: 2007-03-15 Last updated: 2018-07-19Bibliographically approved
Österling, M. & Arvidsson, B. (2010). Impact of habitat degradation on recruitment of the freshwater pearl mussel M. margaritifera.. In: : . Paper presented at OIKOS conference, Visby, Sweden, 1-3 February, 2010..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Impact of habitat degradation on recruitment of the freshwater pearl mussel M. margaritifera.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30427 (URN)
Conference
OIKOS conference, Visby, Sweden, 1-3 February, 2010.
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved
Arvidsson, B., Karlsson, S., Lönnbring, G. & Stolare, M. (2008). Förändringar och kontinuitet i vardagslivets Värmland. Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förändringar och kontinuitet i vardagslivets Värmland
2008 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Den här studien ingår i Karlstads universitets och fakultetens för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper satsning på mångvetenskaplig forskning om "uthålliga livsmiljöer och komplexa nätverk". Målet med fakultetens satsning är att stimulera forskning och samverkan mellan offentliga och privata aktörer så att Karlstads universitet effektivt kan bidra till och bli en motor i det långsiktigt hållbara utvecklingsarbetet i regionen.

Studien tar sin utgångspunkt i intervjuer med några värmländska familjer om hur vardagen gestaltar sig idag, hur det såg ut historiskt och hur det kan tänkas se ut i framtiden. Intervjuerna kommenteras av forskare från olika ämnesområden. I mötet mellan forskare från olika ämnen och forskningstraditioner uppstår nya sätt att problematisera det komplicerade växelspelet mellan olika sektorer av vår tillvaro. Problemen kan omformuleras, nya möten och kontakter vänder invanda tankegångar mot nya och innovativa riktningar och beredskapen att möta framtida utmaningar såväl för forskare som för regionala aktörer stärks och uppgraderas. Förhoppningen är att studien ska fungera som en plattform för den viktiga diskussionen kring uthållig regional utveckling för kvinnor, män, barn och gamla och stimulera innovationer och forskning som garanterar en framtid där utveckling och tillväxt balanseras mot uthållig miljö för människor och natur.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper, 2008. p. 167
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2008:8
Keywords
mångvetenskap, förändring och kontinuitet, intervjuer
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1637 (URN)978-91-7063-166-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-05-27 Created: 2008-05-27 Last updated: 2018-01-12
Österling, M., Greenberg, L. & Arvidsson, B. L. (2008). Relationship of biotic and abiotic factors to recruitment patterns in Margaritifera margaritifera. Biological Conservation, 141(5), 1365-1370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relationship of biotic and abiotic factors to recruitment patterns in Margaritifera margaritifera
2008 (English)In: Biological Conservation, ISSN 0006-3207, E-ISSN 1873-2917, Vol. 141, no 5, p. 1365-1370Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigated relationships of biotic and abiotic factors to recruitment patterns of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in 10 Swedish streams. We found that the maximum proportion of gravid mussels did not differ between streams with and without recent recruitment. Moreover, the mean glochidial load on trout (Salmo trutta), which was positively related to adult mussel density, did not differ significantly between these stream types. Thus, the larval stages of the freshwater pearl mussel were not related to recruitment failure. Instead, recruitment is probably hindered at the next stage in the life history of the mussels, the benthic stage, and may be related to sedimentation as turbidity was four times greater in streams lacking recent recruitment than in streams with recent recruitment. Furthermore, we found that juvenile mussel density was positively related to the number of glochidial infections per stream area in streams with ongoing recruitment, indicating that successful recruitment in these streams may depend on both mussel and trout density. Future research should thus examine biotic interactions between mussels and trout as well as the effects of sedimentation on benthic-living mussels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2008
Keywords
Parasite, Host, Margaritifera, Glochidia larvae, Salmo trutta, Turbidity
National Category
Biological Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15793 (URN)10.1016/j.biocon.2008.03.004 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-11-26 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Lönnbring, G., Stolare, M. & Arvidsson, B. (2007). Bilder av Värmland. Karlstad: Karlstad University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilder av Värmland
2007 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2007
National Category
Biological Sciences History Sociology
Research subject
Biology; History; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-17409 (URN)
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06
Arvidsson, B. & Karlsson, S. (2007). Mer värld i Värmland och mer Värmland i världen.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mer värld i Värmland och mer Värmland i världen
2007 (Swedish)Chapter in book (Refereed)
National Category
Biological Sciences Human Geography
Research subject
Biology; Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21425 (URN)
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2015-01-29
Arvidsson, B. (2007). Värmländsk nartur - värd att skydda och vårda.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Värmländsk nartur - värd att skydda och vårda
2007 (Swedish)Chapter in book (Refereed)
National Category
Biological Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-25649 (URN)
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2015-01-29
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