Special Issue "Effects of Emerging Pollutants on Ecological Health in Aquatic Environment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Zhihua Li
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Marine College, Shandong University, Weihai, China
Interests: aquatic toxicology; environmental risk assessment; bioinformatics; endocrine disruption; molecular mechanism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the health of the aquatic environment is deteriorating due to various kinds of pollutants, changes in environmental factors, and their coupling effects. The aquatic environment, as an important component of the biosphere, has been termed “the ultimate sink” for traditional and emerging contaminants. Given the finite supply of water available, the continued chemical contamination of the aquatic environment may pose a significant environmental health hazard. We sincerely invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the adverse effects and toxicological mechanisms of chemical contaminants (heavy metals, POPs, etc.) in an aquatic environment and encourage discussing the relationship between the toxic effects of environmental pollutants and changes in environmental factors. The Special Issue will become an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the aquatic environmental health. We are particularly interested in articles about new monitoring techniques and novel molecular mechanisms of aquatic toxicology in recent years. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Toxicology of water emerging contaminants on various organisms;
  • Mechanisms of interactions between environmental factors and aquatic toxicology;
  • New technologies and methods in aquatic toxicology.

Prof. Dr. Zhihua Li
Guest Editor

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  • environmental pollutants
  • aquatic toxicology
  • molecular mechanism
  • environmental factor
  • ecological health risk

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Distribution and Risk Assessment of Toxic Pollutants in Surface Water of the Lower Yellow River, China
Water 2021, 13(11), 1582; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/w13111582 - 03 Jun 2021
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The lower reaches of the Yellow River is known for the rapid development of industry and agriculture, which has also led to some pollution. However, information about the level of toxic contaminants in the surface waters is lacking in this area. Therefore, five [...] Read more.
The lower reaches of the Yellow River is known for the rapid development of industry and agriculture, which has also led to some pollution. However, information about the level of toxic contaminants in the surface waters is lacking in this area. Therefore, five sampling points were set in the lower Yellow River to investigate the distribution of various pollutants and analyze the potential risks. The presence of heavy metals (Heavy metals tested for in this study were: Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Copper (Cu), Chromium (Cr), and Zinc (Zn)) and antibiotics (Antibiotics tested for in this study were: Enrofloxacin (ENR), Ciprofloxacin (CIP), and Norfloxacin (NOR)) in water samples taken from the lower Yellow River were measured to reveal the spatial distribution and risk potential of the compounds. Various water quality parameters (Water quality parameters used in this study were: chemical oxygen demand (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD5), total phosphorus (TP), and total nitrogen (TN)) were also tested. Study results showed the main surface water pollution components were COD, BOD5, TN, and TP. The average levels were 37.79 mg/L, 16.64 mg/L, 4.14 mg/L, and 0.42 mg/L, respectively. Among the detected metals from the water samples, Hg (LOD-0.1 μg/L) levels were only in line with the surface water class III or worse. Both fish and water samples contained antibiotics. According to an ecological risk assessment conducted along the river, the distribution of pollutants in the waters exhibited a spatial relationship with the land-use pattern in the study region and the Kenli site was the most polluted. Research shows that up-to-date data on the residual levels and distribution characteristics of pollutants in the lower Yellow River could provide valuable baseline data and technical support for relevant government departments and their management going forward. Full article
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