Special Issue "Monitor the Quality of Freshwater Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: water quality; macroinvetebrates; ecosystem services; eutrophication
Currently, it is recurrent to be in the presence of microplastics, because they are along the biosphere, in different ecosystems, affecting both the abiotic and the biotic part. Throughout our research we have verified the presence of microplastics in the water column in the sediment and in different organisms. To support what was previously mentioned, we proposed to verify the influence of microplastics on the phytoplankton community and water quality. We did this study in a reservoir in the north of Portugal. Surface and bottom water samples were taken for both physicochemical and biological parameters. The phytoplankton community (density and diversity) and the quality and quantity of existing microplastics were analyzed. The results showed that among the phytoplankton community, cyanobacteria, diatoms and chlorophytes showed an excellent level of adhesion to the different microplastics found in the aquatic system. We also verified that there was a direct relationship between the presence of microplastics and the concentration of chlorophyll "a", which can be deduced that cause changes in the primary productivity of the aquatic system. Given what we have found, several investigations will be relevant to avoid the decrease of phytoplankton diversity and primary productivity of aquatic systems.
We encourage all the researchers working in this field to send us their manuscripts with the latest advances in this area.
Assoc. Prof. Natividade Vieira
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