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In situ determination of the effects of lead and copper on cyanobacterial populations in microcosms
Burnat, Mireia
Diestra, Elia
Esteve, Isabel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Genètica i de Microbiologia)
Solé Cornellà, Antoni (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Genètica i de Microbiologia)

Date: 2009
Abstract: Background: Biomass has been studied as biomarker to evaluate the effect of heavy metals on microbial communities. Nevertheless, the most important methodological problem when working with natural and artificial microbial mats is the difficulty to evaluate changes produced on microorganism populations that are found in thicknesses of just a few mm depth. Methodology/Principal Findings: Here, we applied for first time a recently published new method based on confocal laser scanning microscopy and image-program analysis to determine in situ the effect of Pb and Cu stress in cyanobacterial populations. Conclusions/Significance: The results showed that both in the microcosm polluted by Cu and by Pb, a drastic reduction in total biomass for cyanobacterial and Microcoleus sp. (the dominant filamentous cyanobacterium in microbial mats) was detected within a week. According to the data presented in this report, this biomass inspection has a main advantage: besides total biomass, diversity, individual biomass of each population and their position can be analysed at microscale level. CLSM-IA could be a good method for analyzing changes in microbial biomass as a response to the addition of heavy metals and also to other kind of pollutants.
Note: This research is supported by Spanish grant DGICYT (Ref. CGL2005-03792/BOS and CGL2008-01891/BOS) and by Generalitat de Catalunya grant ITT-CTP (Ref. 2007ITT 00003). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Subject: Plom ; Anàlisi ; Coure ; Metalls pesants ; Contaminació ; Cianobacteris ; Comunitats biòtiques
Published in: PloS one, Vol. 4, Num. 7 (July 2009) , e6204, ISSN 1932-6203

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006204
PMID: 19593432

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