Environments, Volume 7, Issue 12 (December 2020) – 10 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Biofilms develop at the surface of substrates and are composed of bacteria, algae, fungi, and micromeiofauna. This heterogeneous community is ubiquitous in all aquatic systems, even within the most contaminated ones. They can be used as witnesses of the aqueous exposure to contaminants, also called biomonitors. Metals are greatly mobilized near mining sites and biofilms can be used to monitor metal exposure of aquatic biota. The major drivers of metal accumulation in biofilms are the free metal ion concentration in solution and the ambient pH. Understanding how these parameters determine metal uptake may lead to a universal metal biomonitoring tool. View this paper
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