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Title: Differential accumulation of mercury and other trace metals in the food web components of a reservoir impacted by a chlor-alkali plant (Flix, Ebro River, Spain): Implications for biomonitoring.
Authors: Soto, D. X.; Roig, R.; Gacia, Esperança; Catalán, Jordi
Keywords: Mercury
Trace metals
Food web
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Environmental Pollution 159 : 1481-1489 (2011)
Abstract: Comparative studies of biomonitors of trace metal contamination are relatively scarce. We took advantage of a point source pollution in a reservoir (Flix, Spain) to compare trace metal (Hg, Pb, Cd, Se, As, Zn, Cu, Cr) bioaccumulation patterns among 16 food web components. Our results indicate that most organisms are suitable for Hg biomonitoring, whereas other metals are better monitored by only some of them. Biofilms and zebra mussel were the organisms with larger and more diverse biomonitoring capacity. However, we show that using groups of biomonitors increase the scope and strengths of the conclusions and specific goals can be better addressed. We conclude providing an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the main organisms considered for biomonitoring trace metals in rivers and reservoirs.
Description: 9 páginas, 3 tablas, 5 figuras.
Publisher version (URL): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2011.03.017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/44286
ISSN: 0269-7491
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2011.03.017
E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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