Special Issue "Effects of Trace Elements on Aquatic Animals"

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 May 2023 | Viewed by 226

Special Issue Editors

Departamento de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro e Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: mercury toxicology; neurotoxicity; behaviour; fish
IPMA, Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: metals; inorganic contaminants of emerging concern; ecotoxicology; marine organisms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Trace elements are introduced in aquatic systems from diffuse and local sources, often resulting in their uptake, accumulation and toxic effects on organisms. While the exposure of aquatic organisms to classic metals like mercury and lead has been extensively studied, as well as related toxicity, information is still missing on their effects at more integrative levels (e.g., reproduction; behaviour). On the other hand, the recent OMICs approaches can provide valuable contributions to the understanding of those metals’ toxicity. Moreover, technology-critical elements (TCEs), such as some rare earth elements (REE), and platinum-group elements (PGEs) remain poorly investigated for their toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics in aquatic organisms. These are just some of the topics that are covered by this Special Issue of Fishes that is dedicated to the effects of classic trace elements and contaminants of emergent concern on aquatic species, covering both controlled experimental designs and field-based studies, and having a focus on organisms’ wellbeing.

Dr. Patrícia Pereira
Dr. Joana Raimundo
Guest Editors

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  • classic and emergent trace elements
  • accumulation
  • toxicity
  • aquatic organisms

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