About this Research Topic
Aquatic animals inhabit a wide range of marine and inland waterbodies which account for over 70% of the Earth's surface. The living environment surrounding aquatic animals is subjected to climate change but can also be affected by anthropogenic activities, such as industrial pollution, agricultural discharge, and recreational activities. These environmental changes may cause stress on aquatic animals, subsequently leading to a series of molecular and physiological responses. Many of these induced responses are sustained in aquatic animals as a result of environmental adaptation.
To better understand an organisms response mechanisms to environmental stress, physiological and cellular studies with different aquatic animal models need to be conducted. This Research Topic focuses on the physiological and molecular responses to short-term and long-term biotic and abiotic stresses in a wide range of vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic animal species. Related studies in the format of Original Research Articles, Reviews, and Mini-Reviews are all welcomed.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Physiological changes and responses to environmental stresses.
- Molecular signaling mechanisms in aquatic animals resulting from environmental stresses.
- The roles of neuroendocrine regulating systems in the response to environmental stresses.
- Metabolic changes of aquatic animals under environmental stresses.
- ‘Omics’ of aquatic animals altered by environmental stresses.
- Acclimatization and adaptation processes in response to environmental stresses.
- Evolution of aquatic animal stress responses.
- Immune responses of aquatic animals under environmental stresses.
- Impacts of environmental stresses on aquatic animal reproduction.
- Influence of environmental changes to aquatic animal microbiota.
Keywords: Aquatic animals, environmental stresses, physiological and molecular response, environmental adaptation
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