Toxicity tests of cryoprotecting agents for Mytilus galloprovincialis (Lamark, 1819) early developmental stages.


Marine Biological Resources Functional Preservation Service, Estación de Ciencias Mariñas de Toralla, Universidade de Vigo, Illa de Toralla, 36331, Coruxo, Vigo, Spain. Electronic address: [Email]


Global aquaculture production of blue mussel has increased over last years. This work reaffirms the great potential of cryopreservation technique on mussel industry and overcome economic barriers a cause of a traditional and rudimentary management and continue growing. The aim of this work is to set some preliminary basis attending to toxicity of cryoprotecting agents (CPAs) on different development stages of Mytilus galloprovincialis as a start point to develop a stable cryopreservation protocol. Toxicity tests were carried out by using common CPAs (dimethyl-sulfoxide (Me2SO), glycerol, (GLY), propylene glycol (PG) and ethylene glycol (EG)) in a range from 0.5 to 3 M on fertilized egg, trochophore larva, and D-larva of Mytilus galloprovincialis. Results evidenced more resistance of older development stages to toxicity. Of all CPAs tested, toxicity testing highlights PG or EG as suitable CPAs for cryopreservation of early development stages; whereas D-larva was unaffected by any of the CPAs tested. Preliminary cryopreservation trials were developed to obtain information into cell cryoprotection. Further research should be focused on membrane permeability and other parameters, such as the balance between toxicity and cryoprotective effect of CPAs.


Cryopreservation,Cryoprotecting agents,Marine invertebrates,Mussel,Toxicity,

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