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Title
Combined effects of metal mixtures and predator stress on the freshwater isopod **Asellus aquaticus**
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Abstract
Biotic stressors have been demonstrated to change the toxicity of pollutants. While the combined effects of predator cues and pesticides are well documented, the interaction of predator stress with metals is a topic that has remained largely unexplored. In this laboratory experiment, the freshwater isopod Asellus aquaticus is exposed to predator cues and metal mixtures of Cd, Cu and Pb. We examined the effects on growth, respiration and, as behavioral parameters, feeding rate and activity. These were linked to the free ion activities (FIAs) in the water and the metal body concentrations. The findings reveal that Cu accumulation significantly influenced the growth rate, the feeding rate and the activity of isopods exposed to predator stress. Furthermore, we found a concentration-dependent interaction of the Cd + Pb mixtures on the feeding rate and a lower feeding rate for Cd and Pb predator exposed asellids. As several interactions were found between metals and predator stress, it demonstrates the importance of investigating how organisms and whole ecosystems respond to multiple stressors. A better understanding of these interactions will undoubtedly improve risk assessment and management.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Aquatic toxicology. - Amsterdam
Aquatic toxicology. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2018
ISSN
0166-445X
Volume/pages
200 (2018) , p. 148-157
ISI
000438180700015
Pubmed ID
29753203
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 31.05.2018
Last edited 19.10.2021
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