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Biological and Ecological Studies on Marine Ichthyoplankton

About this Research Topic

Ichthyoplankton, including fish eggs, larvae, and juveniles, is the basis for the sustainable utilization of fishery resources, with survival directly influencing recruitment. Because of absent or weak independent swimming capabilities and a drifting nature, ichthyoplankton are poorly adapted to changing environmental conditions. Thus, ichthyoplankton are sensitive and susceptible to environmental changes and, therefore, a suitable indicator of variations in the ecological environment. Also, these planktonic stages should be more sensitive to future climate change than their adult counterparts. However, limited by the life history characteristics of ichthyoplankton, research on sample collection, species identification, community structure changes, and responses to environmental and climate changes at this stage is lagging and weak.

This Research Topic will take marine ichthyoplankton as the research object, and solicit research papers on the following aspects:

1) Sample collection methods and preservation techniques

The improvement of sample collection methods and the detailed introduction of sample preservation techniques, to realize the complete collection and long-term preservation of samples.

2) Advanced morphological and molecular identification

Species identification based on morphological characteristic descriptions and molecular biotechnology (such as meta-barcode technology) to achieve accurate and rapid identification of marine ichthyoplankton.

3) Seasonal and/or annual changes based on field survey data

Based on field survey data, reveal the seasonal changes in ichthyoplankton community structure and detailed research on annual changes, etc., to reveal potential changes in fishery resources.

4) The relationship between ichthyoplankton and environment

Explore the potential impact of changes in environmental factors on ichthyoplankton to explain the interaction between the environment and ichthyoplankton.

5) Impact of climate change on ichthyoplankton

Use models to study the potential impact of climate change on ichthyoplankton and reveal its future trends and variations; etc.


Keywords: Marine ichthyoplankton, Identification, Community structure, Environment, Climate change


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Ichthyoplankton, including fish eggs, larvae, and juveniles, is the basis for the sustainable utilization of fishery resources, with survival directly influencing recruitment. Because of absent or weak independent swimming capabilities and a drifting nature, ichthyoplankton are poorly adapted to changing environmental conditions. Thus, ichthyoplankton are sensitive and susceptible to environmental changes and, therefore, a suitable indicator of variations in the ecological environment. Also, these planktonic stages should be more sensitive to future climate change than their adult counterparts. However, limited by the life history characteristics of ichthyoplankton, research on sample collection, species identification, community structure changes, and responses to environmental and climate changes at this stage is lagging and weak.

This Research Topic will take marine ichthyoplankton as the research object, and solicit research papers on the following aspects:

1) Sample collection methods and preservation techniques

The improvement of sample collection methods and the detailed introduction of sample preservation techniques, to realize the complete collection and long-term preservation of samples.

2) Advanced morphological and molecular identification

Species identification based on morphological characteristic descriptions and molecular biotechnology (such as meta-barcode technology) to achieve accurate and rapid identification of marine ichthyoplankton.

3) Seasonal and/or annual changes based on field survey data

Based on field survey data, reveal the seasonal changes in ichthyoplankton community structure and detailed research on annual changes, etc., to reveal potential changes in fishery resources.

4) The relationship between ichthyoplankton and environment

Explore the potential impact of changes in environmental factors on ichthyoplankton to explain the interaction between the environment and ichthyoplankton.

5) Impact of climate change on ichthyoplankton

Use models to study the potential impact of climate change on ichthyoplankton and reveal its future trends and variations; etc.


Keywords: Marine ichthyoplankton, Identification, Community structure, Environment, Climate change


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 August 2021 Manuscript

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