alexa Towards a more ecologically relevant assessment of the impact of heavy metals on the photosynthesis of the seagrass, Zostera capricorni.


Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology

Author(s): MacinnisNg CM, Ralph PJ

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Abstract This in situ study used photosynthetic activity (measured as chlorophyll a fluorescence) and photosynthetic pigment concentrations to assess the effect of copper, cadmium, lead and zinc on the seagrass Zostera capricorni. Custom-made portable in situ exposure (PIE) chambers were developed so seagrasses could be dosed within the meadow. Z capricorni was exposed to 0.1 and I mg l(-1) of metal solutions for 10 h. During this time and for the subsequent four-day recovery period, the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (PS II) (deltaF/Fm') was measured. While the results were variable, copper and zinc exposed samples had a depressed deltaF/Fm' during the exposure period. Samples exposed to zinc recovered to pre-exposure levels but those exposed to copper did not. Cadmium and lead did not impact on the chlorophyll a fluorescence and the chlorophyll pigment data supported these findings. This study presents an innovative new application of chlorophyll a fluorescence stress assessment.
This article was published in Mar Pollut Bull and referenced in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology

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