Genetic characterization of 'alikruiken' Littorina littorea en L. saxatilis along the pollutiongradient in the Schelde estuary
Dutch title: Genetische karakterisatie van de alikruiken Littorina littorea en L. saxatilis langsheen een pollutiegradiënt in het Schelde estuarium. Period: January 2004 till December 2007 Status: Completed
The genetic population structure of natural populations of the indirect developing (i.e. planctonic development) periwinkle, Littorina littorea and of the direct developer (i.e. non-planctonic development) L. saxatilis will be determined and compared. Populations will be collected along the polluted western and the relatively clean eastern Scheldt estuary. Hence, we will try to determine to what extent pollution affects the population genetic structure of both periwinkles, and which are the responsible mechanisms.