Mercury forms in the benthic food web of a temperate coastal lagoon (southern Baltic Sea)
Agnieszka Jędruch , Magdalena Bełdowska
AbstractThe study was conducted in the coastal zone of the southern Baltic. The research material consisted of macrozoobenthos and elements of its diet. The samples were analysed for Hg and its labile and stable forms, using the thermodesorption method. The results showed that the level of total Hg in zoobenthos was associated with dietary preferences and the share of bioavailable Hg in its food. The Hg fractionation in the macrofauna was conditioned by biological features (morphological structure) and environmental parameters (oxygenation, pH) which shape the mobility and assimilation of Hg. The absorption of the most toxic organic Hg in macrofauna was more effective in aerobic conditions, at low primary production and with the limited inflow of organic matter. The trophic transfer of Hg was favoured by the limited biomass of primary producers, and consequently of zoobenthos. An important factor influencing the biomagnification was also the share of labile Hg in macrozoobenthos.
|Journal series||Marine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, e-ISSN 1879-3363, (N/A 100 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.50|
|Keywords in English||labile mercury, biomagnification, benthic macrofauna, coastal zone, Baltic Sea|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score||= 100.0, 20-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||: 2017 = 1.228; : 2018 = 3.782 (2) - 2018=4.349 (5)|
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