Institute of Functional Interfaces

Settlement Behavior of Zoospores of Ulva linza During Surface Selection Studied by Digital Holographic Microscopy

  • chair:

    Heydt, M. / Pettitt, M. / Cao, X. / Callow, M. / Callow, J. / Grunze, M. / Rosenhahn, A. (2012)

  • place:

    Biointerphases 7 (2012), 33

  • Date: 2012
  • Heydt, M. / Pettitt, M. / Cao, X. / Callow, M. / Callow, J. / Grunze, M. / Rosenhahn, A. (2012): „Settlement Behavior of Zoospores of Ulva linza During Surface Selection Studied by Digital Holographic Microscopy”. In: Biointerphases 7 (2012), 33

Abstract

Settlement of the planktonic dispersal stages of marine organisms is the crucial step for the development of marine biofouling. Four-dimensional holographic tracking reveals the mechanism by which algal spores select surfaces suitable for colonization. Quantitative analysis of the three dimensional swimming trajectories of motile spores of a macroalga (Ulva linza) in the vicinity of surfaces functionalized with different chemistries reveals that their search strategy and swimming behavior is correlated to the number of settled spores found in spore settlement bioassays conducted over 45min.

The spore motility and exploration behavior can be classified into different motion patterns, with their relative occurrence changing with the surface chemistry. Based on the detailed motility analysis we derived a model for the surface selection and settlement process of Ulva zoospores.

 

 

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