Impact of the wasting disease pathogen, <i>Labyrinthula zosterae</i>, on the photobiology of eelgrass <i>Zostera marina</i>

TitleImpact of the wasting disease pathogen, Labyrinthula zosterae, on the photobiology of eelgrass Zostera marina
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsRalph, P, Short, F
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Pagination265 - 271
Date Published2002/01/31

Labyrinthula zosterae is clearly shown to be a primary pathogen of eelgrass Zostera marina L., not merely a secondary infection of senescent leaves or an indication of decomposition, The results of this investigation using a Diving-PAM fluorometer indicate that the regions of tissue photosynthetically compromised by Labyrinthula are substantially larger than previously thought. Labyrinthula moves through Zostera marina tissue at a rate of up to 0.8 mm h(-1) during daylight periods, The photosynthetic efficiency of apparently healthy green leaf tissue can be reduced by almost 50% in areas up to 3 mm from a necrotic region infected with Labyrinthula. Once a necrotic spot expands to bisect the eelgrass leaf, the condition of all acropetal tissue is diminished; leaf tissue up to 5 cm away has severely reduced photosynthetic activity.

Short TitleMarine Ecology-progress Series - MAR ECOL-PROGR SER