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Torna all'elenco Contributi in rivista anno 2007

Contributo in rivista

Tipo: Articolo in rivista

Titolo: Migratory crustaceans as biomonitors of metal pollution in their nursery areas. The Lesina lagoon (LE Italy) as a case study

Anno di pubblicazione: 2007

Autori: D’Adamo R., Di Stasio M., Fabbrocini A., Petitto F., Roselli L., Volpe M. G.

Affiliazioni autori: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Scienze Marine, via Pola 4, 71010 Lesina (FG), Italy Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Scienze dell’Alimentazione, via Roma 52 a/c, 83100 Avellino, Italy

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Abstract: The Lesina lagoon is located on the southern Adriatic coast of Italy; many marine species, such as the shrimp M. kerathurus, use the Lesina lagoon as a nursery, spending their initial growth phase there. In order to assess the usefulness of migratory species as biomonitors of the environmental quality of this nursery area, we evaluated the metal content of the M. kerathurus juveniles at the end of their growth phase in the lagoon (October), when they are assumed to have bioaccumulated the maximum level of metals from the lagoon environment. The concentrations of Cr, Cd, Pb, Zn, Mn and Cu were measured in the muscle and exoskeleton of the shrimp, and in the sediments and waters of three areas of the Lesina Lagoon. Both the water and sediment levels of the investigated metals tended to fall within the ranges recorded for other lagoon environments characterized by similar anthropic impact and texturally similar sediment; the juveniles of the shrimp M. kerathurus proved to be strong bioaccumulators of heavy metals such as Zn and Cu (biota-sediment accumulation factors – BSAFs – 6.01 and 25.0 respectively), which derive from agricultural activities; therefore, at the end of their growing phase in the lagoon they can be considered useful biomonitors of metal contamination of agricultural origin in their nursery area.

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Environmental monitoring and assessment Kluwer Academic Publishers
Paese di pubblicazione: Paesi Bassi
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0167-6369

Numero volume: 143

Parole chiave:

  • Heavy metals
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Shrimp juveniles

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