This book reviews up-to-date knowledge on the biology of sole (Solea senegalensis and S. solea). These flatfish species are increasingly important in Europe both from the ecological and production point of view. This book is divided into two sections: A. general fisheries, aquaculture and engineering overviews; B. physiological, developmental, rhythmic, welfare and genetic aspects which will be of immense interest for the aquaculture industry. Experts, from both academia and research institutes, provide their expertise on sole biology.
Table of Contents
Biology, Ecology and Exploitation. General biology, ecology, and distribution. Fisheries, aquaculture, and marketing. Grow out holding systems. Reproduction, Development, Nutrition, Genetics, Welfare, and Pathology. Environmental transduction: pineal organ and melatonin. Neuroendocrine control of reproduction. Reproductive physiology and spawning techniques. Gamete physiology and artificial fertilization. Mating behavior. The biological clock: from early stages to adults. Embryo and larval ontogeny. Light, temperature, and feeding during early development. Larval production techniques. Nutrition and feeding behavior. Diet formulation and feeding systems. Stress, welfare issues, and immune system. Ecotoxicology. Pathology and diseases control. Genetics and genomic tools.
Dr. José A. Muñoz-Cueto, PhD in Biology (1992), is full Professor of Zoology at the University of Cádiz, attached to the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences (Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain). He leads the "Fish Neuroanatomy and Neuroendocrinology" group and has expertise in functional neuroanatomy, neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction, chronobiology and developmental biology of aquaculture species as Senegalese sole, European sea bass and gilthead seabream.
Dr. Evaristo L. Mañanós Sánchez, PhD in Biology (1993), is researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute of Aquaculture Torre la Sal (Castellón, Spain). He is head of the research group "Reproductive Endocrinology of Fish and Aquaculture Diversification" and has expertise in fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology, environmental manipulation and hormonal induction of spawning, gamete quality and optimization of broodstock management of aquaculture species, notably the Senegalese sole.
Dr. F. Javier Sánchez Vázquez, PhD in Biology (1995), is full Professor of Physiology at the University of Murcia, Faculty of Biology (Campus Espinardo, Murcia, Spain). He is the head of the "Fish Chronobiology" group and has broad expertise on fish feeding and reproduction rhythms. His research activity is focused on fish species with interest in aquaculture, such as sea bass, sea bream, Senegalese sole and tilapia as well as basic models such as zebrafish.