Special Issue "Freshwater Quality Assessment: Development and Measurements of Biomarkers in Invertebrates"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Eric Gismondi
Guest Editor
Universite de Liege, Liege, Belgium
Interests: ecotoxicology; aquatic invertebrates; biomarkers; endocrine disruption; confounding factors; crustaceans; amphipods; rotifers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened habitats on Earth, due to anthropogenic impacts resulting in a loss of biodiversity. Although monitoring of chemical and ecological status is a fundamental tool for assessing the quality of the environment, they provide information on the presence of pollutants that is not sufficient to analyze the pollution impacts on organisms. Consequently, biomarker use is of interest in the evaluation of the quality of freshwater environments.

Many biomarkers are already developed, well-established, and used on aquatic vertebrates to assess the freshwater environment’s quality. Therefore, this Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers on the development and use of biomarkers on invertebrates. Additionally, specific emphasis will be on: (i) the influence of confounding factors (biotic and abiotic), (ii) the knowledge of natural variations of the considered biomarkers, and (iii) their specific response for certain pollutants families and their time- and dose-dependent responses, which still make it difficult to use biomarkers in the field.

Dr. Eric Gismondi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Environments is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • aquatic invertebrates
  • biomarkers of exposure and effects
  • abiotic and/or biotic factors' influence
  • environmental risk assessment
  • laboratory and/or field studies
  • time- and dose-dependent response
  • biomarkers specific to certain families of pollutants

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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