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 Estuarine sediment toxicity tests on diatoms: sensitivity comparison for three species
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title: Estuarine sediment toxicity tests on diatoms: sensitivity comparison for three species
authors: Moreno-Garrido, Ignacio
Lubián, Luis M.
Jiménez, Begona
Soares, Amadeu M. V. M.
Blasco, Julián
keywords: bioassays
toxicity tests
issue date: 2007
publisher: Elsevier
abstract: Experimental populations of three marine and estuarine diatoms were exposed to sediments with different levels of pollutants, collected from the Aveiro Lagoon (NW of Portugal). The species selected were Cylindrotheca closterium, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Navicula sp. Previous experiments were designed to determine the influence of the sediment particle size distribution on growth of the species assayed. Percentage of silt-sized sediment affect to growth of the selected species in the experimental conditions: the higher percentage of silt-sized sediment, the lower growth. In any case, percentages of silt-sized sediment less than 10% did not affect growth. In general, C. closterium seems to be slightly more sensitive to the selected sediments than the other two species. Two groups of sediment samples were determined as a function of the general response of the exposed microalgal populations: three of the six samples used were more toxic than the other three. Chemical analysis of the samples was carried out in order to determine the specific cause of differences in toxicity. After a statistical analysis, concentrations of Sn, Zn, Hg, Cu and Cr (among all physico-chemical analyzed parameters), in order of importance, were the most important factors that divided the two groups of samples (more and less toxic samples). Benthic diatoms seem to be sensitive organisms in sediment toxicity tests. Toxicity data from bioassays involving microphytobentos should be taken into account when environmental risks are calculated. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/5394
ISSN: 0272-7714
publisher version/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2006.08.003
source: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
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