Ecotoxicity of Certain Heavy Metals Affecting Bacteria-Mediated Biogeochemical Pathways in Sediments

  • W. Reichardt
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Biogeochemical pathways of carbon turnover in sediments are mainly mediated by bacteria. From the early stages of their evolution on, these procaryotes have had to cope with elevated concentrations of non-essential and toxic heavy metals. As a result, effective mechanisms of resistance to heavy metal ions have evolved (Beveridge 1989). Ecotoxicity of heavy metals via the main biogeochemical pathways of assimilation and dissimilation of carbon in aquatic sediments, however, cannot simply be extrapolated from metal tolerance observed in physiological experiments using cultures. To obtain a realistic basis for ecological prognoses and ecotoxicological risk assessment, there is a need for integrated methods in microbiological analysis of sediment communities. These will have to be developed further and combined with ecophysiological experiments.


Heavy Metal Thymidine Incorporation Environ Toxicol Appl Environ Heavy Metal Resistance 
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