Special Issue "Trophic Chain Transfer of Contaminants in Aquatic Environments during the Global Change"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marina Marcella Manca
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CNR ISE, 28048 Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Interests: zooplankton ecology; lakes, ecosystem functioning; Anthropocene; climate change; climate and trophy
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Dr. Roberta Piscia
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Guest Editor
CNR IRSA, Verbania, Italy
Interests: ecology of freshwater zooplankton and analysis of zooplankton resting stages in lacustrine sediment, ecotoxicology, stable isotope analyses, and aquatic food webs
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Dr. Laura Marziali
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Guest Editor
National Research Council, Water Research Institute, Via del Mulino 19, I-20861 Brugherio, Italy
Interests: freshwater ecology; trace elements; environmental risk assessment; ecotoxicology; bioaccumulation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Presence of contaminants in water environments is increasingly being reported all over the world. While contamination by “old” classes of substances and trace elements is relatively under control in most areas of the world, new generation compounds in non-negligible numbers are fastly released into aquatic environments of industrialized countries, even when regulations for their characterization and discharge (such as REACH in Europe) exist. This poses severe control problems also in terms of legislation processes aimed at controlling their use and spread. Once released into the environment, contaminants are seized through the food web; level of contamination of the different components varies depending on physiology and on ecological role of organisms. Lipophilic compounds tend to accumulate at the higher levels of the trophic web, and in larger-sized organisms, such as fish, therefore proving to be potentially harmful also for human consumption and human health.

Understanding patterns and mechanisms of pollutant transport through the food web is therefore essential for understanding level and duration of pollution and ecologically-sound perspectives of restoration within the ideal world of the water recircle. To this aim, basic knowledge of functional diversity of aquatic communities is crucial, allowing to identify ecological roles of different taxa comprising the aquatic community. In this respect, taxa-specific carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis are very useful, providing quantitative estimates of organisms’ ecological roles and of organisms’ interactions, as well as habitat preferences and how they can change over time.

Dr. Marina Manca
Dr. Roberta Piscia
Dr. Laura Marziali
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pollutants
  • aquatic food webs
  • food web transfer
  • water re-use
  • bioaccumulation
  • stable istope analyses
  • legacy contaminants
  • emergent contaminants

Published Papers

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