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Chiba W.A.C.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Passerini M.D.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Tundisi J.G.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia
Brazilian Journal of Biology | Year: 2011

Benthic macroinvertebrates have many useful properties that make possible the use of these organisms as sentinel in biomonitoring programmes in freshwater. Combined with the characteristics of the water and sediment, benthic macroinvertebrates are potential indicators of environmental quality. Thus, the spatial occurrence of potentially toxic metals (Al, Zn, Cr, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn and Ni) in the water, sediment and benthic macroinvertebrates samples were investigated in a sub-basin in the southeast of Brazil in the city of São Carlos, São Paulo state, with the aim of verifying the metals and environment interaction with benthic communities regarding bioaccumulation. Hypothetically, there can be contamination by metals in the aquatic environment in the city due to lack of industrial effluent treatment. All samples were analysed by the USEPA adapted method and processed in an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The sub-basin studied is contaminated by toxic metals in superficial water, sediment and benthic macroinvertebrates. The Bioaccumulation Factor showed a tendency for metal bioaccumulation by the benthic organisms for almost all the metal species. The results show a potential human and ecosystem health risk, contributing to metal contamination studies in aquatic environments in urban areas. Source


Bere T.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia | Bere T.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Chia M.A.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Tundisi J.G.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia
Environmental Pollution | Year: 2012

Metal exposure pattern, timing, frequency, duration, recovery period, metal type and interactions, has obscured effects on periphyton communities in lotic systems. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of intermittent exposures of Cr III and Pb on Cd toxicity and bioaccumulation in tropical periphyton communities. Natural periphyton communities were transferred to artificial stream chambers and exposed to metal mixtures at different pulse timing, duration, frequency and recovery periods. Chlorophyll a, dry mass and metal accumulation kinetics were recorded. Cr and Pb decrease the toxic effects of Cd on periphyton communities. Periphyton has high Cd, Cr and Pb accumulation capacity. Cr and Pb reduced the levels of Cd sequestrated by periphyton communities. The closer the frequency and duration of the pulse is to a continuous exposure, the greater the effects of the contaminant on periphyton growth and metal bioaccumulation. Light increased toxic and accumulative effects of metals on the periphyton community. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Bere T.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia | Bere T.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Tundisi J.G.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia
Science of the Total Environment | Year: 2011

The objective of this study was to assess the interactive effects of Cd and Cr III on tropical phytoperiphyton community growth, metal sorption kinetics, as well as Cd and Cr mixtures toxicity to diatom assemblages in laboratory mesocosm experiments. A natural phytoperiphyton community sampled from the Monjolinho River (South of Brazil) was inoculated into seven experimental systems containing clean glass substrates for phytoperiphyton colonization. The communities were exposed to mixtures of dissolved Cd and Cr concentrations of 0.01 and 0.1mg.L -1 Cd and 0.05 and 0.2mg.L -1 Cr. Phytoperiphyton chlorophyll a, ash-free dry mass, growth rate, diatom cell density and diatom community composition were analyzed on samples collected after 1, 2 and 3weeks of colonization. High Cd concentration (0.1mg.L -1) affects phytoperiphyton growth while high concentration of Cr (0.2mg.L -1) decreased the toxic effects of Cd on phytoperiphyton growth demonstrating the importance of studying metal mixtures in field studies. Shifts in species composition (development of more resistant species like Achnanthidium minutissimum (Kützing) Czarnecki, and Nitzschia palea (Kützing) Smith and reduction of sensitive ones like Fragilaria capucina Desmazières, Navicula cryptocephala (Grunow) Cleve, Encyonema silesiacum (Bleisch) Mann, Eunotia bilunaris (Ehrenberg) Mills and Gomphonema parvulum (Kützing) Kützing), of phytoperiphyton communities with increasing Cd and Cr concentrations and exposure duration have been demonstrated in this study making phytoperiphyton communities appropriate monitors of metal mixtures in aquatic systems. Good Cd and Cr accumulation capacity by phytoperiphyton was demonstrated with total and intracellular metal content in phytoperiphyton reflecting the effects of dissolved concentrations of metal in the culture media and exposure duration. Increase in both Cd and Cr reduced sequestration of each other, with generally more Cd being sequestered compared to Cr. Field validation of the observed effects remains an interesting subject for further investigations. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. Source


Bere T.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia | Bere T.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Tundisi J.G.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia
Science of the Total Environment | Year: 2012

Understanding the cause and effect relationship between stressors and biota is crucial for the effective management, restoration and preservation of aquatic systems. The objective of the present study was to assess the effects of five Cd concentrations on tropical periphyton community growth, Cd accumulation kinetics, as well as the effects of Cd on diatom community structure and composition. Natural periphyton communities were transferred to artificial stream chambers and exposed to Cd concentrations of 0.005, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1mg.L-1. Metal accumulation (total and intracellular) in biofilms, dry weight and ash-free dry mass, growth rate, algal cell density and diatom community composition were analysed on samples collected after 1, 2 and 4weeks of colonization. Periphyton growth and development were significantly lowered by Cd concentrations>0.03mg.L-1. High Cd accumulation capacity by periphyton was demonstrated with total and intracellular Cd content in biofilms reflecting the effects of concentrations of Cd in the culture media and exposure duration. Total and intracellular Cd content generally increased in treatments in the order 0.005<0.01<0.03<0.05<0.1mg.L-1 at any sampling time with increasing level of accumulated Cd with duration of exposure in all the systems. Shifts in species composition (development of more resistant species like Achnanthidium minutissimum and reduction of sensitive ones like Diatoma vulgare, Navicula viridula and Navicula cryptocephala), decreases in species richness and diversity and morphological alterations (deformities) of diatom cells with increasing Cd concentration and exposure duration were observed. The results give valuable information on Cd impact of freshwater biofilms. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. Source


Tundisi J.G.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia | Tundisi T.M.,Instituto Internacional Of Ecologia
Biota Neotropica | Year: 2010

Mosaics of vegetation, riparian forests, and wetlands have an important quantitative and qualitative role on the hydrological cycle. Riparian forests protect the water quality of rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Wetlands control floods, sedimentation and regulate the water quality by enhancing processes such as denitrification, phosphorus and heavy metal retention. Both ecosystems of transition are fundamental. The removal of wetlands and forests (riparian and mosaics of vegetation) affects environmental services of these ecosystems, causing loss of economic assets of the capital natural and accelerating degradation of rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the watersheds. Protection of these ecosystems of transition is thus fundamental for the development of agriculture. The loss of services affects society, human health, increasing costs of recovery and deteriorating human-ecological relationships. Source

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