Recent instances of bioinvasion, such as the emergence of the zebra mussel in the American Great Lakes, generated a demand among marine biologists and ecologists for groundbreaking new references that detail how organisms colonize hard substrates, and how to prevent damaging biomass concentrations.
Marine Biofouling: Colonization Processes and Defenses is the English language version of a comprehensive work by eminent Russian scientist Alexander I. Railkin, who details the causes of vast biomass concentrations on submerged hard substrates. He also delivers a quantitative description of colonization processes and provides detailed models for preventing biofouling.
This volume expounds on many topics rarely discussed in the frame of one book: types of hard substrate communities; comparison of hard and soft substrate communities; harm caused by micro- and macrofoulers; larval taxes and drift; mechanisms of settlement and attachment of microorganisms, invertebrates, ascidians and macroalgae; the impact of currents; protection from epibionts; industrial biofouling protection; successions on hard substrates; and the recovery of disturbed communities or the self-assembly of communities. The text includes much Russian-language research translated for the first time.
Through a thorough examination of substrate organisms and an exploration of preventive methods, this monograph prepares those concerned with marine biology to help protect the self-purifying organisms that keep marine ecosystems healthy and productive.
Table of Contents
COMMUNITIES ON SUBMERGED HARD BODIES
Organisms and Communities Inhabiting Surfaces of Hard Bodies
The Phenomenon of Organisms Concentration on Surfaces of Hard Bodies
Biofouling as a Source of Technical Obstacles
BIOFOULING AS A PROCESS
Recovery Successions. Self-Assembly of Communities
TEMPORARY PLANKTONIC EXISTENCE
Release of Dispersal Forms into Plankton
Buoyancy and Locomotion of Propagules
Taxes and Vertical Distribution of Larvae
The Offshore and Oceanic Drift
SETTLEMENT OF LARVAE
The Reasons of Passing over to Periphytonic Existence
Taxes and Distribution of Larvae During Settlement
Sensory Systems Participating in the Substrate Selection
Selectivity During Settlement
INDUCTION AND STIMULATION OF SETTLEMENT BY A HARD SURFACE
Types of Induction and Stimulation of Settlement
Distant Chemical Induction
Contact Heterospecific Chemical Induction
Conspecific Chemical Induction and Aggregations
Stimulation of Settlement, Attachment, and Metamorphosis by Microfouling
The Influence of Physical Surface Factors on Settlement
Combined Influence of Surface Factors on Settlement. The Hierarchy of Factors
Settlement on the Surface Technical Objects
ATTACHMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND GROWTH
Attachment of Microorganisms
Mechanisms of Attachment of Larvae and Spores of Macroorganisms
Natural Inductors of Settlement, Attachment, and Metamorphosis
Universal Mechanisms of Attachment
Growth and Colonization of the Hard surface
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE QUANTITATIVE THEORY OF COLONIZATION
Mathematical Models of Accumulation
Mathematical Models of Feeding and Growth
Gradient Distribution of Foulers over Surfaces in a Flow
GENERAL REGULARITIES OF BIOFOULING
Causes, Mechanisms, and Limits of Biofouling Concentration on Hard Surfaces
Evolution of Hard-Substrate Communities
PROTECTION OF MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AGAINST BIOFOULING
Commercial Chemobiocidal Protection
Ecological Consequences of Toxicant Application
ECOLOGICALLY SAFE PROTECTION FROM BIOFOULING
Defense Against Epibionts
Natural and Industrial Anticolonization Protection
Prospects of Developing Ecologically Safe Anticolonization Protection
THE GENERAL MODEL OF PROTECTION AGAINST BIOFOULING
Railkin\, Alexander I.
"The organization of this book breaks down this complex problem into its fundamental biological and ecological components. … This is an important reference resource for specialists of all kinds."
- Southeastern Naturalist, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2004
"The English translation of this monograph makes accessible for the first time a great number of Russian-language works on an important topic of marine ecology. …the writing is scientific and technical, the information is of great value both to biologists and to those practicing marine trades."
-Northeastern Naturalist, Issue 12/4, 2005