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Porchas-Cornejo M.A.,CIBNOR | Alvarez-Ruiz P.,National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico | Alvarez-Tello F.J.,CIBNOR | Martinez-Porchas M.,CIAD | And 2 more authors.
Aquaculture Research | Year: 2017

The aim of this study was to determine the presence of the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in zooplankton organisms collected from an important shrimp-culture area of the Gulf of California. Environmental water parameters (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and pH) were monitored, and zooplankton was collected. Samples were sectioned according to taxonomic groups (from Phylum to Family) for the detection of WSSV via PCR. A total of 52 zooplankton taxa were identified, of which crustaceans were the most abundant (82%). From the 228 WSSV diagnoses performed, 35% were positive. Moreover, from 32 taxa recorded at least one positive result was observed during the study, and only 13 were negative in all tests. The highest prevalence was observed in three taxa of copepods, brachyurous and bivalves. However, considering prevalence and frequency of occurrence, it was determined that up to 12 taxa could be considered as high-risk vectors. Finally, a significant correlation was found between the number of diagnoses per station with biovolume (rs = 0.817) and taxa richness (rs = 0.995). The results suggest that zooplankton diversity and abundance are associated with virus dispersion; moreover, these results demonstrated that the dispersion capacity of the virus through different taxa has been probably underestimated in recent years. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Rose K.A.,Louisiana State University | Fiechter J.,University of California at Santa Cruz | Curchitser E.N.,Rutgers University | Hedstrom K.,University of Alaska Fairbanks | And 13 more authors.
Progress in Oceanography | Year: 2015

We describe and document an end-to-end model of anchovy and sardine population dynamics in the California Current as a proof of principle that such coupled models can be developed and implemented. The end-to-end model is 3-dimensional, time-varying, and multispecies, and consists of four coupled submodels: hydrodynamics, Eulerian nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton (NPZ), an individual-based full life cycle anchovy and sardine submodel, and an agent-based fishing fleet submodel. A predator roughly mimicking albacore was included as individuals that consumed anchovy and sardine. All submodels were coded within the ROMS open-source community model, and used the same resolution spatial grid and were all solved simultaneously to allow for possible feedbacks among the submodels. We used a super-individual approach and solved the coupled models on a distributed memory parallel computer, both of which created challenging but resolvable bookkeeping challenges. The anchovy and sardine growth, mortality, reproduction, and movement, and the fishing fleet submodel, were each calibrated using simplified grids before being inserted into the full end-to-end model. An historical simulation of 1959-2008 was performed, and the latter 45. years analyzed. Sea surface height (SSH) and sea surface temperature (SST) for the historical simulation showed strong horizontal gradients and multi-year scale temporal oscillations related to various climate indices (PDO, NPGO), and both showed responses to ENSO variability. Simulated total phytoplankton was lower during strong El Nino events and higher for the strong 1999 La Nina event. The three zooplankton groups generally corresponded to the spatial and temporal variation in simulated total phytoplankton. Simulated biomasses of anchovy and sardine were within the historical range of observed biomasses but predicted biomasses showed much less inter-annual variation. Anomalies of annual biomasses of anchovy and sardine showed a switch in the mid-1990s from anchovy to sardine dominance. Simulated averaged weights- and lengths-at-age did not vary much across decades, and movement patterns showed anchovy located close to the coast while sardine were more dispersed and farther offshore. Albacore predation on anchovy and sardine was concentrated near the coast in two pockets near the Monterey Bay area and equatorward of Cape Mendocino. Predation mortality from fishing boats was concentrated where sardine age-1 and older individuals were located close to one of the five ports. We demonstrated that it is feasible to perform multi-decadal simulations of a fully-coupled end-to-end model, and that this can be done for a model that follows individual fish and boats on the same 3-dimensional grid as the hydrodynamics. Our focus here was on proof of principle and our results showed that we solved the major technical, bookkeeping, and computational issues. We discuss the next steps to increase computational speed and to include important biological differences between anchovy and sardine. In a companion paper (Fiechter et al., 2015), we further analyze the historical simulation in the context of the various hypotheses that have been proposed to explain the sardine and anchovy cycles. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Trujillo A.G.,Autonomous University of Chihuahua | Trujillo A.G.,Autonomous University of Baja California Sur | Espinosa A.P.,Autonomous University of Zacatecas | Salgado S.Z.,UABCS.Carretera Al sur | And 6 more authors.
Interciencia | Year: 2016

Cowpea (V. Unguiculata (L.) Walp) is consumed as human food and animal feed in many countries; in Mexico it is also used as green manure to improve soils. The study was conducted in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico to determine if there is an intraspecific competition in V. Unguiculata and its effect on productive characteristics of the crop under field conditions. Three treatments consisting in placing 1, 2 and 3 seeds every 25cm in rows 15m long separated by 70cm, with 5 replicates, were compared. The following variables were evaluated: stem diameter, stem length, number of leaves, number of pods, forage weight and number of secondary stems. A multivariate analysis of variance was performed to explore the correlation between these variables. The performance of the studied variables decreased (P>0.001) as plant density of seeds increased. It is concluded that V. Unguiculata u nder fi eld c onditions p resents i ntraspecific competition with regard to the variables studied here.

Arizmendi-Rodriguez D.I.,Avenida Instituto Politcnico National S N Col Playa Palo Of Santa Rita | Rodriguez-Jaramillo C.,CIBNOR | Quinonez-Velazquez C.,Avenida Instituto Politcnico National S N Col Playa Palo Of Santa Rita | Salinas-Zavala C.A.,CIBNOR
Journal of Shellfish Research | Year: 2012

The reproductive biology of the Panama brief squid was evaluated using reproductive indicators, and histological and histochemical analyses. A total of 2,460 squid were analyzed, which were captured during 15 exploratory fishing surveys in the Gulf of California during 2003 to 2006 and 2008. Of the total sample, 61% were female, 15% were male, and the rest were undifferentiated. Based on the frequency of the gonad developmental stages, the largest number of mature females was identified in February and October, whereas mature males were found in April and August. This result coincided with the gonadosomatic index. According to the histological analyses, we characterized 4 stages of oogenesis: previtellogenesis, vitellogenesis, postvitellogenesis with mature oocytes, and postspawning. We also characterized 6 substages of oocyte and 2 structural indicators of spawning: oogonia (Po0), previtellogenic oocyte primary (Pol), previtellogenic oocyte secondary (Po2), vitellogenic primary oocyte (Vol), secondary vitellogenic oocyte (Vo2), postvitellogenic oocyte (Pvo), postovulatory follicles, and atresia. Oocyte size among types showed significant differences (P < 0.05). The presence of postovulatory follicles, and oocytes of different sizes and various developmental stages throughout the study period indicates that the Panama brief squid has a synchronous ovarian development with multiple spawning. The size at first maturity (L50) indicates that males (mantle length, 51 mm) mature at lengths shorter than females (mantle length, 85 mm).

Mucino-Marquez R.E.,Metropolitan Autonomous University | Garate-Lizarraga I.,CICIMAR IPN | Lopez-Cortes D.J.,CIBNOR
Acta Biologica Colombiana | Year: 2015

The genus Prorocentrum Ehrenberg includes 81 marine species, of which 21 are considered causative agents of harmful algal blooms, and approximately 9 species produce toxins. The objectives of this study were to determine distribution and abundance of Prorocentrum species during an annual cycle at two sampling sites within tuna farms near San Juan de La Costa (SC), Rancheros del Mar (RM) and at a station without the influence of these farms located off El Mogote (M), in the Bahia de la Paz, Gulf of California. Samples were taken monthly (June 2006-May 2007) at different depths at SC (0.25 and 50 m), at the RM (0.15 and 30 m) and at El Mogote (0 m) with a van Dorn bottle. The results showed a total of twelve species in the annual cycle: P. compressum, P. dactylus, P. emarginatum, P. gracile, P. lima, P. micans, P. minimum, P. rhathymum, P. rostratum, P. shikokuense, P. triestinum and P. vaginula, of which the first eight form blooms. The study of Prorocentrum blooms became important because they have been linked to widespread harmful ecosystem impacts. © 2015, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. All rights reserved.

Flores V.,7Robot | Villa J.F.,CIBNOR | Porta M.A.,CIBNOR | Gutierrez J.,CIBNOR
IEEE Latin America Transactions | Year: 2015

The implementation of a service robot for shopping-market assistant is presented. The scaled prototype robot is a four-wheeled differential vehicle based on microcontrollers and ultrasonic sensors for following a person to a certain distance while groceries are selected. Each grocery is identified by a unique number through radio frequency tags. The grocery is placed in the basket of the robot by the user, this identifier is read and transmitted to a remote computer by means of ZigBee wireless communication protocol, querying to a database for information about the grocery, which is presented to the user on a color display with the bill. The results in convenience stores have been shown that the autonomous robot is a reliable tool for shopping assistant. © 2015 IEEE.

Arizmendi-Rodriguez D.I.,Avenida Institute Polytechnic Nacional s n Col | Cruz-Escalona V.H.,Avenida Institute Polytechnic Nacional s n Col | Quinonez-Velazquez C.,Avenida Institute Polytechnic Nacional s n Col | Salinas-Zavala C.A.,CIBNOR
Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science | Year: 2011

The feeding habits of the Panama brief squid, Lolliguncula panamensis (Berry, 1911), it inhabits off Peru until Gulf of California, was determined by examining the stomach contents of 657. Panama brief squid were collected from the incidental catch of shrimp trawling fishery during 2003-2006 and 2008, along the Gulf of California, Mexico. Most of the stomachs were empty and those that contained food presented highly digested prey items. Eight taxa were identified in the stomach contents and the index of relative importance indicated to juvenile of Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), the most important prey, this prey bring 99.6% IRI. Results suggest that L. panamensis is a highly opportunistic predator foraged primarily in coastal and epipelagic waters, whose diet reflect the local abundance of potential prey species, mainly small pelagic fishes. © 2011 Academic Journals Inc.

Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems | Year: 2011

Soil degradation due to water erosion is a serious threat to the quality of resources upon which man depends for his subsistence, such as water and land. The assessment of soils based on environmental variables has become essential for planning and setting soil management to improve soil quality. This paper reviews the advances of technology to asses the degradation caused by water erosion at different scales, considering the factors that are determinant at each level. Analyzed scales are: surface soil aggregates, agricultural plot or rangelands, and watershed. In each case, the mentioned erosion variables are discussed, as well as the methods and more common tools used for evaluation. A study case is presented.

Lopez-Elias J.A.,University of Sonora | Medina-Felix D.,CIBNOR | Campa-Cordova A.I.,CIBNOR | Martinez-Cordova L.R.,University of Sonora | And 3 more authors.
Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research | Year: 2016

The white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has the capacity to replicate quickly and is extremely virulent, producing a great negative impact in the farming of Litopenaeus vannamei, because the massive mortalities (80 to 100%) it may provoke. The immune stimulation is considered a viable alternative to diminish that impact. Under stress conditions, Dunaliella sp. is capable to produce large amounts of carotenoids, these compounds have antioxidant activity by reducing the free radicals and improving the response of the consumers to face infections. An experimental study was conducted to evaluate the activity of lysozymes, agglutinins, α -2-macroglobuliln (A2M), phenoloxidase (PO), pro-phenoloxidase (PPO) in white shrimp fed diets containing 1 and 2% of carotenoids from Dunaliella sp. and infected with WSSV. The results showed that some components of the immune response as lysozymes, agglutinins, phenoloxidase and pro-phenoloxidase, and the resistance of shrimp to experimental infections with Vibrio parahemolyticus, were improved by the inclusion of the carotenoids. © 2016, Escuela de Ciencias del Mar. All rights reserved.

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