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Earthworms and Soil Pollutants
Department of Life and Environment Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 808-0135, Japan
Division of Teacher Training, Faculty of Education and Culture, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, 889-2192, Japan
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Received: 12 October 2011; in revised form: 1 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
Abstract: Although the toxicity of metal contaminated soils has been assessed with various bioassays, more information is needed about the biochemical responses, which may help to elucidate the mechanisms involved in metal toxicity. We previously reported that the earthworm, Eisenia fetida, accumulates cadmium in its seminal vesicles. The bio-accumulative ability of earthworms is well known, and thus the earthworm could be a useful living organism for the bio-monitoring of soil pollution. In this short review, we describe recent studies concerning the relationship between earthworms and soil pollutants, and discuss the possibility of using the earthworm as a bio-monitoring organism for soil pollution.
Keywords: earthworm; metal; oxidative DNA damage
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Hirano, T.; Tamae, K. Earthworms and Soil Pollutants. Sensors 2011, 11, 11157-11167.
Hirano T, Tamae K. Earthworms and Soil Pollutants. Sensors. 2011; 11(12):11157-11167.
Hirano, Takeshi; Tamae, Kazuyoshi. 2011. "Earthworms and Soil Pollutants." Sensors 11, no. 12: 11157-11167.