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Pheromonal control of the behaviour and physiology of the Atlantic salmon Salmo salar - SF0214

R&D Summary Objectives:- Study the structure, function and release of phermones in salmonids, and investigate how waterborne pollutants disrupt their detection and response in salmon. Key customer purpose:- Enable MAFF to assess whether current pollution levels are a cause for concern in the context of salmon pheromonal communication, and the need for remidial action.
i) To further develop and refine the techniques required to describe the structure and function of putative pheromones associated with the physiology and behaviour of Atlantic salmon. ii) To investigate the possible mode of release of putative pheromones and chemical signals from the salmon to the environment and monitor their subsequent fate. iii) To investigate the role of the olfactory system of the Atlantic salmon in the detection of, and subsequent behaviour to, the putative pheromones and chemical signals. iv) To investigate the possible effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the olfactory system of the Atlantic salmon and their ability to detect and respond to the putative pheromones and chemical signals.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1997

Cost: £106,510
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - East Anglia
Freshwater Fish Stocks              
Stock Conservation              
Fields of Study
Freshwater Fisheries