Matt George, with undergraduate researcher Ben Pedigo, shows that mussel adhesive plaques do not strengthen when held in water that is low in dissolved oxygen, likely because DOPA cross-linking is disrupted. The publication in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface is here.
George MN, B Pedigo, E Carrington, 2018. Hypoxia weakens mussel attachment by interrupting DOPA cross-linking during adhesive plaque curing. J. R. Soc. Interface. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0489.