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Findings from Natural History Museum Update Knowledge of Environmental Pollution

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Investigators discuss new findings in Environmental Pollution. According to news reporting out of London, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "In this study, we present the effects of environmental factors on phytoplankton in two different oxbow lakes formed from the Vistula River. One of these lakes is under extreme anthropogenic pressure, i.e. impacted by industrial and municipal effluents and characterized by high water temperature and high concentrations of ions."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "The other oxbow lake is located in a natural forest with some its abiotic factors lower compared to the first oxbow lake. There were significant changes among environmental parameters, which influenced significant differences between the phytoplankton populations. The dominant algae of the impacted oxbow were small centric diatoms, which are able to rapidly absorb nutrients and have a rapid turnover. The results demonstrated that human impacted lake was a habitat, where species with a broad range of ecological requirements survive. However, these habitats are also more vulnerable for the entry and colonization of invasive algal species. In the forest oxbow lake, without human impact, heterogeneity of water quality parameters resulted in different specific habitats."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Oxbow lakes are important as biodiversity hotspots for rare and/or endemic species."

For more information on this research see: Effect of Water Quality on Phytoplankton Structure in Oxbow Lakes under Anthropogenic and NonAnthropogenic Impacts. Clean-Soil Air Water, 2014;42(4):421-427. Clean-Soil Air Water can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Wilk-Wozniak, Nat Hist Museum, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include S. Ligeza and E. Shubert.

Keywords for this news article include: London, Europe, United Kingdom, Environmental Pollution

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Source: Ecology, Environment & Conservation

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