Aquatic Chemical Communication in the Anthropocene

  • Peter Hubbard (CCMAR, Portugal)
  • Adelino Canario (Universidade do Algarve/CCMAR, Portugal)
  • Zélia Velez (Universidade do Algarve, Portugal)

Bio-active water-borne chemicals including pheromones, alarm cues, and kairomones in the aquatic environment have a significant impact upon animal biology. The importance of chemical communication in the aquatic environment cannot be understated. Aquatic animals use chemicals for communication for a variety of purposes including identification, sensing competitors and social status, detection predators and for reproduction. With the realisation that ocean acidification, among other anthropogenic disturbances, may disrupt olfactory-driven behaviour in fish and other aquatic animals this symposium will address the impact of climate change on chemical communication and olfaction. A full understanding of such chemical communications is vital to understand the effects of such disturbances and their possible solutions. Topics range from the identification of such chemicals, characterization of their biological roles, their behavioural and physiological effects, and the mechanisms of detection. It also includes the impact of anthropogenic activity on such systems, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the effects of changes in pH (acid rain, ocean acidification) and pollution (e.g., heavy metals).


Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas
Estr. da Penha 139

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