Trace metals assessment in water, sediment, mussel and seagrass species - Validation of the use of Posidonia oceanica as a metal biomonitor

Type Article
Date 2007-08
Language English
Author(s) Lafabrie Céline1, Pergent G1, Kantin Roger2, Pergent Martini C1, Gonzalez Jean-Louis2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Corsica, Fac Sci, Equipe Ecosyst Littoraux, F-20250 Corte, France.
2 : IFREMER, F-83507 La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
Source Chemosphere (0045-6535) (Elsevier), 2007-08 , Vol. 68 , N. 11 , P. 2033-2039
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.02.039
WOS© Times Cited 126
Keyword(s) Mediterranean sea, Marine organisms, Sediment, Seawater, Biomonitoring, Metal contamination
Abstract The accumulation of trace metals (Cd, Co, Cr, Hg, Ni and Pb) was measured in water, sediment, the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis and the seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Samples were collected in three locations of the north-western Mediterranean (Canari, Livorno and Porto-Torres) which present different levels and sources of human impact. Analyses in the different compartments (water, sediment, M. galloprovincialis and P. oceanica) have allowed to identify Canari as the most Cd, Co, Cr and Ni contaminated site; Livorno as the most Hg contaminated and Porto-Torres as the most Pb contaminated. Furthermore, for the first time, metal concentrations found in P. oceanica have been compared with those found in the water column, in the sediment and in the recognized metal bio-indicator species M. galloprovincialis and the results obtained have led to the same conclusions. Thus, this study allows to validate the use of P. oceanica as metal biomonitor of coastal waters. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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