Boletín de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras - INVEMAR
Print version ISSN 0122-9761
VALLEJO L, Adriana; NEWMARK, Federico and MERCEDES CRIALES, María. EFECTO DE LA SALINIDAD SOBRE EL CRECIMIENTO POBLACIONAL Y EL RENDIMIENTO DEL ROTÍFERO BRACHIONUS PLICATILIS (CEPA CIÉNAGA GRANDE DE SANTA MARTA). bol. invemar [online]. 1993, vol.22, n.1, pp. 112-121. ISSN 0122-9761.
The effect of salinity on the population growth and yield of a strain of Brachionus plicatilis (O.F. Muller, 1786) was determined by two laboratory experiments. The .rotifer B. plicatilis was isolated from the plankton of the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia, and cultivated in laboratory under different salinity conditions. The local microalgae Chlorella sp., also isolated in laboratory, was used as food for the rotifers. Salinity values ranged from 3 to 24 ‰ in the first experiment and 30 to 45 ‰ in the second. It was found that these rotifers grow and exhibit a high adaptive capability when cultured at salinities ranging from 16 to 40 ‰. The rotifer curves of population growth were negative at salinities under 16 ‰. At salinities of 30, 36, and 40 ‰ the maximum densities were similar in the ninth day. Although maximum densities were somewhat lower at 45 ‰ salinity, no significant statistical differences were found. Maximum values of density (d), yield (y), instantaneous growth rate (k) and doubling time (td) corresponded to a salinity of 36 ‰.