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Sublethal zinc exposure has a detrimental effect on reproductive performance but not on the cyst hatching success of Artemia parthenogenetica

AuthorsSarabia, Raquel; Ramo, José del; Varó, Inmaculada ; Díaz-Mayans, Javier; Torreblanca, Amparo
Issue Date2008
CitationScience of the Total Environment 389(1-3): 48-52 (2008)
AbstractThe sublethal zinc toxicity to Artemia parthenogenetica as regards the possibility of colonization of zinc polluted salterns by means of cysts has been assessed by a cyst hatching assay and a life table approach. Emergence and hatching at different times as well as the whole hatching profile were taken as end-points for evaluating success of development. Demographic and reproductive parameters calculated according to the Lotka equation were used as an indicator of the chronic toxicity of the population. No adverse effects of waterborne zinc were found on hatching and emergence of cysts of A. parthenogenetica at any of the concentrations tested (0.01 mg/l, 0.1 mg/l, 0.5 mg/l, 1 mg/l, 5 mg/l). Chronic zinc exposure at 0.08 mg/l had detrimental effects on A. parthenogenetica fecundity, as detected by a decrease in the percentage of fertile females, which in turn produces a decrease in r. Chronic toxicity of zinc may be a limiting step for A. parthenogenetica colonization and the establishing of permanent populations in zinc-polluted brine ponds. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.03.002
issn: 0048-9697
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