Mapping the ecological impact of heavy metals on the estuarine polychaete Nereis diversicolor using inherited metal tolerance

Grant, Alastair ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1147-2375, Hateley, Jonathan G. and Jones, Neville V. (1989) Mapping the ecological impact of heavy metals on the estuarine polychaete Nereis diversicolor using inherited metal tolerance. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 20 (5). pp. 235-238. ISSN 0025-326X

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Abstract

Tolerance to copper and zinc in the polychaete Nereis diversicolor is inherited. This makes it possible to use the occurrence of metal tolerant individuals to map the ecological impact of contamination by these metals. In the chronically contaminated Restronguet Creek, Cornwall, the effect of zinc is restricted to an area within 1 km of the head of the estuary. The impact of copper is also greatest near the head of the estuary and becomes negligible by the estuary mouth. Sediment levels of more than 1000 μ.g-1 copper and 3500 μ.g-1 zinc can be of no ecological significance for this species.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research was supported by an Internalaonal Collaborative Research Grant from NSERC Canada to H E E and by CNR and MPI (Roma) grants F A P is a 'G Zuccn' Umverslty of Padova fellow We gratefully acknowledge the use of facflmes at the Naples Zoological Station We thank Dr M Cararma for techmcal assistance
Uncontrolled Keywords: oceanography,aquatic science,pollution ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2022 17:31
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2022 02:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86422
DOI: 10.1016/0025-326X(89)90438-4

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