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Shared effects of organic microcontaminants and environmental stressors on biofilms and invertebrates in impaired rivers

Land use type, physical and chemical stressors, and organic microcontaminants were investigated for their effects on the biological communities (biofilms and invertebrates) in several Mediterranean rivers. The diversity of invertebrates, and the scores of the first principal component of a PCA performed with the diatom communities were the best descriptors of the distribution patterns of the biological communities against the river stressors. These two metrics decreased according to the progressive site impairment (associated to higher area of agricultural and urban-industrial, high water conductivity, higher dissolved organic carbon and dissolved inorganic nitrogen concentrations, and higher concentration of organic microcontaminants, particularly pharmaceutical and industrial compounds). The variance partition analyses (RDAs) attributed the major share (10%) of the biological communities’ response to the environmental stressors (nutrients, altered discharge, dissolved organic matter), followed by the land use occupation (6%) and of the organic microcontaminants (2%). However, the variance shared by the three groups of descriptors was very high (41%), indicating that their simultaneous occurrence determined most of the variation in the biological communities

This study has been financially supported by the EU through the FP7 project GLOBAQUA (Grant agreement No 603629). The authors are part of the Consolidated Research Groups of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014 SGR 291dICRA and 2014 SGR 418Water and Soil Quality Unit, IDAEA-CSIC)

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Author: Sabater, Sergi
Barceló i Cullerés, Damià
Castro-Català, Núria de
Ginebreda, Antoni
Kuzmanović, Maja
Petrović, Mira
Picó, Yolanda
Ponsatí Sánchez, Lídia
Tornés Bes, Elisabet
Muñoz Gràcia, Isabel
Date: 2018 June 5
Abstract: Land use type, physical and chemical stressors, and organic microcontaminants were investigated for their effects on the biological communities (biofilms and invertebrates) in several Mediterranean rivers. The diversity of invertebrates, and the scores of the first principal component of a PCA performed with the diatom communities were the best descriptors of the distribution patterns of the biological communities against the river stressors. These two metrics decreased according to the progressive site impairment (associated to higher area of agricultural and urban-industrial, high water conductivity, higher dissolved organic carbon and dissolved inorganic nitrogen concentrations, and higher concentration of organic microcontaminants, particularly pharmaceutical and industrial compounds). The variance partition analyses (RDAs) attributed the major share (10%) of the biological communities’ response to the environmental stressors (nutrients, altered discharge, dissolved organic matter), followed by the land use occupation (6%) and of the organic microcontaminants (2%). However, the variance shared by the three groups of descriptors was very high (41%), indicating that their simultaneous occurrence determined most of the variation in the biological communities
This study has been financially supported by the EU through the FP7 project GLOBAQUA (Grant agreement No 603629). The authors are part of the Consolidated Research Groups of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014 SGR 291dICRA and 2014 SGR 418Water and Soil Quality Unit, IDAEA-CSIC)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/319512
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
Rights URI: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
Subject: Contaminants orgànics
Polluants organiques
Biofilms
Title: Shared effects of organic microcontaminants and environmental stressors on biofilms and invertebrates in impaired rivers
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Repository: Recercat

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