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It’s what’s inside that counts: computer-aided tomography for evaluating the rate and extent of wood consumption by shipworms

Abstract : Experiments were done to investigate in situ colonization of pine wood blocks by marine wood borers at the mouth of a small mountain river in the foothills of the Eastern Pyrenees. Standardized blocks were recovered after remaining underwater for increasingly long durations, until the available resource was exhausted by the shipworms assemblage that developed. Computer-aided tomography (CT) was used for visualizing and quantifying biogenic structures into the wooden blocks. The biodiversity survey of the wood pieces colonized indicated that up to three species of shipworms shared the resource at the same time. The specific wood consumption rate of Nototeredo norvagica was estimated 185 mm 3 ind −1 day −1. The quantification of voids created by shipworm crowding indicated that total tunnelling represents, on average, 60% of the initial volume of a wood block, revising upward earlier estimates of wood destruction by 28%. CT analysis provides the quantitative measurements necessary to parameterize individual-based growth models linking wood consumption with the species diversity of shipworm assemblages.
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François Charles, Jennifer Coston-Guarini, Jean-Marc Guarini, François Lantoine. It’s what’s inside that counts: computer-aided tomography for evaluating the rate and extent of wood consumption by shipworms. Journal of Wood Science, Springer Verlag, 2018, 64 (4), pp.427-435. ⟨10.1007/s10086-018-1716-x⟩. ⟨hal-02108700⟩

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