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Two-current choice flumes for testing avoidance and preference in aquatic animals
Norwegian University for Science and Technology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Animal ecology. Uppsala University.
University of Windsor.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
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2017 (English)In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution, ISSN 2041-210X, E-ISSN 2041-210X, Vol. 8, no 3, 379-390 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aquatic chemical ecology is an important and growing field of research that involves understanding how organisms perceive and respond to chemical cues in their environment. Research assessing the preference or avoidance of a water source containing specific chemical cues has increased in popularity in recent years, and a variety of methods have been described in the scientific literature. Two-current choice flumes have seen the greatest increase in popularity, perhaps because of their potential to address the broadest range of research questions.

Here, we review the literature on two-current choice flumes and show that there is a clear absence of standardized methodologies that make comparisons across studies difficult. Some of the main issues include turbulent flows that cause mixing of cues, inappropriate size of choice arenas for the animals, short experiments with stressed animals, failure to report how experiment and researcher biases were eliminated, general underreporting of methodological details, underutilization of collected data and inappropriate data analyses.

In this review, we present best practice guidelines on how to build, test and use two-current choice flumes to measure the behavioural responses of aquatic animals to chemical cues, and provide blueprints for flume construction. The guidelines include steps that can be taken to avoid problems commonly encountered when using two-current choice flumes and analysing the resulting data.

This review provides a set of standards that should be followed to ensure data quality, transparency and replicability in future studies in this field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 8, no 3, 379-390 p.
Keyword [en]
avoidance behaviour, chemical ecology, chemically mediated behaviour, choice tank, ecotoxicology, flume, fluvarium, shuttle box, toxicology, zebrafish
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Ecology
Research subject
Biology with specialization in Animal Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-318892DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-318892DiVA: diva2:1085558
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-947Swedish Research Council, 621-2012-4679
Available from: 2017-03-29 Created: 2017-03-29 Last updated: 2017-03-30Bibliographically approved

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