The aim of the project is to test the possibility of developing benthic diatoms indicators for hazardous substances in Swedish inland waters.
To meet the demands of the Swedish Environmental Objective 'A Non-Toxic Environment' and to screen streams and lakes for prioritized substances, there is a need to find indicators, which can show the integrated effect of environmental pollutants such as heavy metals and pesticides.
Screening method to detect toxins
Kiselalger i sjöar och vattendrag - vägledning för statusklassificering. Havs- och vattenmyndighetens rapport 2018:38 (in Swedish)
Programområde: Sötvatten. Undersökningstyp - Påväxt i rinnande vatten - Kiselalgsanalys Version 3:2: 2016-01-20 (in Swedish)
Lindegarth M, Carstensen J, Drakare S, Johnson RK, Nyström Sandman A, Söderpalm A, Wikström S A (Editors). Ecological Assessment of Swedish Water Bodies; development, harmonisation and integration of biological indicators. Final report of the research programme WATERS. Deliverable 1.1-4, WATERS report no 2016:10. Havsmiljöinstitutet, Sweden. (for diatom screening method see p.44 ff.)
Goncalves, S., Almeida, S. F. P., Figuera, E. & Kahlert, M. 2019. Valve teratologies and Chl c in the freshwater diatom Tabellaria flocculosa as biomarkers for metal contamination. Ecological Indicators, 101, 476-485.
Goncalves, S., Kahlert, M., Almeida, S. F. P. & Figuera, E. 2018. A freshwater diatom challenged by Zn: Biochemical, physiological and metabolomic responses of Tabellaria flocculosa(Roth) Kützing. Environmental Pollution, 238, 959-971.
Goncalves, S., Kahlert, M., Almeida, S. F. P. & Figuera, E. 2018. Assessing Cu impacts on freshwater diatoms: biochemical and metabolomic responses of Tabellaria flocculosa (Roth) Kützing. Science of The Total Environment, 625, 1234-1246.
Hedenborg, Amanda, 2016. Zinc tolerance of freshwater diatoms isolated from sites with zinc pollution; and pH effect on zinc toxicity. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: (NL, NJ.
Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.
Lundqvist, Anders, 2016. Evaluating zinc content in aquatic ecosystem by estimating the responses of diatom biofilm to environmental and biological variables. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: (NL, NJ). Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Åkerman, K. (2015). The effects of diflufenican on benthic algae. Degree project in biology, Master of science (2years). Biology Education Centre, Uppsala University, and Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.