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    Exploring source differences on diet-tissue discrimination factors in the analysis of stable isotope mixing models

    Kadye, Wilbert T. and Redelinghuys, Suzanne and Parnell, Andrew and Booth, Anthony J. (2020) Exploring source differences on diet-tissue discrimination factors in the analysis of stable isotope mixing models. Scientific Reports, 10 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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    Stable isotope mixing models are regularly used to provide probabilistic estimates of source contributions to dietary mixtures. Whilst Bayesian implementations of isotope mixing models have become prominent, the use of appropriate diet-tissue discrimination factors (DTDFs) remains as the least resolved aspect. The DTDFs are critical in providing accurate inferences from these models. Using both simulated and laboratory-based experimental data, this study provides conceptual and practical applications of isotope mixing models by exploring the role of DTDFs. The experimental study used Mozambique Tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus, a freshwater fish, to explore multi-tissue variations in isotopic incorporation patterns, and to evaluate isotope mixing model outputs based on the experiment- and literature-based DTDFs. Isotope incorporation patterns were variable for both muscle and on tissues among the consumer groups that fed diet sources with different stable isotope values. Application of literature-based DTDFs in isotope mixing models consistently underestimated the dietary proportions of all single-source consumer groups. In contrast, application of diet-specific DTDFs provided better dietary estimates for single-source consumer groups. Variations in the proportional contributions of the individual sources were, nevertheless, observed for the mixed-source consumer group, which suggests that isotope assimilation of the individual food sources may have been influenced by other underlying physiological processes. This study provides evidence that stable isotope values from different diet sources exhibit large variations as they become incorporated into consumer tissues. This suggests that the application of isotope mixing models requires consideration of several aspects such as diet type and the associated biological processes that may influence DTDFs.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Kadye, W.T., Redelinghuys, S., Parnell, A.C. & Booth, A.J. 2020, "Exploring source differences on diet-tissue discrimination factors in the analysis of stable isotope mixing models", Scientific reports, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 15816-15816. Copyright: Submitted Version None Preprint Repository, Institutional Website, Author's Homepage PrerequisitesIf a Research Article EmbargoNo Embargo Copyright OwnerAuthors Location Author's Homepage Institutional Website Preprint Repository
    Keywords: Ecology; Zoology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 16225
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    Depositing User: Andrew Parnell
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 13:16
    Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Reports
    Publisher: Nature Research
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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