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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Water Research, 2011, Vol.45(13), pp.3999-4007
    Description: Ozone application is an effective tool to reduce loads of (micro)pollutants in wastewater, however, its ecotoxicological implications are largely unknown. Therefore, the feeding rates of a leaf-shredding invertebrate ( ) exposed to secondary (=non-ozone) or ozone treated wastewater were investigated to assess potential ecotoxicological effects. Two repetitive experiments resulted in significantly higher feeding rates for gammarids exposed to ozone compared to non-ozone treated wastewater sampled from a treatment plant equipped with a full-scale ozonation. A further experiment confirmed these results also for wastewater from the same treatment plant, when ozonation was conducted at the lab-scale. However, the deviations in dissolved organic carbon profiles of ozone and non-ozone wastewater did not seem to be the driving factor for the effects observed. Two additional experiments displayed on the one hand a higher feeding rate of if exposed to ten-fold enriched eluates from solid phase extraction cartridges loaded with ozone compared to non-ozone treated wastewater. On the other hand, the mean feeding rate of gammarids exposed to non-ozone treated wastewater, which contained hardly any (micro)pollutants (i.e. pharmaceuticals), was at the same level as wastewater from the same source additionally treated with ozone. These results suggest that not an alteration in the organic matrix but a reduction in the load of micropollutants most likely triggered the effects in the bioassay applied. Hence, the feeding rate of appears to be a well-suited bioassay to indicate alterations in ecotoxicological properties of wastewater due to the application of advanced oxidation processes like ozonation. ► Ozonation of municipal wastewater reduces ecotoxicity for gammarids. ► Alteration in organic matrix caused by ozonation did not affect gammarids. ► Loads of micropollutants seem to trigger the effects in the feeding assay. ► Feeding assays suggest to be suitable to evaluate advance oxidation techniques.
    Keywords: Pharmaceuticals ; Ozone ; By-Products ; Solid Phase Extraction ; Gammarus ; Feeding Assay ; Engineering
    ISSN: 0043-1354
    E-ISSN: 1879-2448
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, 2012, Vol.167, pp.41-46
    Description: Neonicotinoid insecticides like thiacloprid enter agricultural surface waters, where they may affect predator prey-interactions, which are of central importance for ecosystems as well as the functions these systems provide. The effects of field relevant thiacloprid concentrations on the leaf consumption...
    Keywords: Other Biological Topics ; Annan Biologi
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 18736424
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, Vol.192(2), pp.772-778
    Description: ► Meta-analysis displays reduced toxicity of wastewater due to activated carbon or ozone. ► Groups of species (invertebrates) react different than others (e.g. bacteria). ► Purification via SPE may overestimate the detoxification potential. ► bioassays showed reduced ecotoxicity due to activated carbon, ozone and TiO and UV. ► Activated carbon adsorbs nutrients, which may jeopardize any positive effect of this technique. Advanced treatment techniques, like ozone, activated carbon and TiO in combination with UV, are proposed to improve removal efficiency of micropollutants during wastewater treatment. In a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed literature, we found significantly reduced overall ecotoxicity of municipal wastewaters treated with either ozone ( = 667) or activated carbon (=113), while TiO and UV was not yet assessed. As comparative investigations regarding the detoxification potential of these advanced treatment techniques in municipal wastewater are scarce, we assessed them in four separate -feeding trials with 20 replicates per treatment. These bioassays indicate that ozone concentrations of approximately 0.8 mg ozone/mg DOC may produce toxic transformation products. However, referred effects are removed if higher ozone concentrations are used (1.3 mg ozone/mg DOC). Moreover, the application of 1 g TiO /l and ambient UV consistently reduced ecotoxicity. Although activated carbon may remove besides micropollutants also nutrients, which seemed to mask its detoxification potential, this treatment technique reduced the ecotoxicity of the wastewater following its amendment with nutrients. Hence, all three advanced treatment techniques are suitable to reduce the ecotoxicity of municipal wastewater mediated by micropollutants and may hence help to meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive.
    Keywords: Meta-Analysis ; Feeding Rate ; Wastewater ; Advanced Oxidation ; Activated Carbon ; Engineering ; Law
    ISSN: 0304-3894
    E-ISSN: 1873-3336
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, January 2011, Vol.159(1), pp.244-249
    Description: Climate change scenarios predict lower flow rates during summer that may lead to higher proportions of wastewater in small and medium sized streams. Moreover, micropollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals and other contaminants) continuously enter aquatic environments via treated wastewater. However, there is a paucity of knowledge, whether extended exposure to secondary treated wastewater disrupts important ecosystem functions, e.g. leaf breakdown. Therefore, the amphipod shredder was exposed to natural stream water (  = 34) and secondary treated wastewater (  = 32) for four weeks in a semi-static test system under laboratory conditions. exposed to wastewater showed significant reductions in feeding rate (25%), absolute consumption (35%), food assimilation (50%), dry weight (18%) and lipid content (22%). Thus, high proportions of wastewater in the stream flow may affect both the breakdown rates of leaf material and thus the availability of energy for the aquatic food web as well as the energy budget of . Micropollutants in wastewater cause functional and physiological alteration in a leaf-shredding amphipod.
    Keywords: Advanced Treatment Technology ; Ecological Functioning ; Gammarus Fossarum ; Leaf Litter Breakdown ; Wastewater ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, July 2016, Vol.214, pp.840-846
    Description: Although nanoparticles are increasingly investigated, their impact on the availability of food (i.e., algae) at the bottom of food chains remains unclear. It is, however, assumed that algae, which form heteroagglomerates with nanoparticles, sediment quickly limiting the availability of food for primary consumers such as As a consequence, it may be hypothesized that this scenario – in case of fundamental importance for the nanoparticles impact on primary consumers – induces a similar pattern in the life history strategy of daphnids relative to situations of food depletion. To test this hypothesis, the present study compared the life-history strategy of experiencing different degrees of food limitation as a consequence of variable algal density with daphnids fed with heteroagglomerates composed of algae and titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO ). In contrast to the hypothesis, daphnids’ body length, weight, and reproduction increased when fed with these heteroagglomerates, while the opposite pattern was observed under food limitation scenarios. Moreover, juvenile body mass, and partly length, was affected negatively irrespective of the scenarios. This suggests that daphnids experienced – besides a limitation in the food availability – additional stress when fed with heteroagglomerates composed of algae and nTiO Potential explanations include modifications in the nutritious quality of algae but also an early exposure of juveniles to nTiO . Impact of nTiO -algae heteroagglomerates in 's life history strategy cannot exclusively be explained by food depletion.
    Keywords: Energy Budget ; Heteroagglomerates ; Trophic Interaction ; Physiology ; Food Quality ; Nanomaterials ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, May 2018, Vol.236, pp.119-125
    Description: Systemic neonicotinoid insecticides such as imidacloprid are increasingly applied against insect pest infestations on forest trees. However, leaves falling from treated trees may reach nearby surface waters and potentially represent a neonicotinoid exposure source for aquatic invertebrates. Given imidacloprid's susceptibility towards photolysis and high water solubility, it was hypothesized that the leaves' toxicity might be modulated by UV-irradiation during decay on the forest floor, or by leaching and re-mobilization of the insecticide from leaves within the aquatic ecosystem. To test these hypotheses, the amphipod shredder was fed (over 7 d;  = 30) with imidacloprid-contaminated black alder ( ) leaves that had either been pre-treated (i.e., leached) in water for up to 7 d or UV-irradiated for 1 d (at intensities relevant during autumn in Central Europe) followed by a leaching duration of 1 d. Gammarids' feeding rate, serving as sublethal response variable, was reduced by up to 80% when consuming non-pretreated imidacloprid-contaminated leaves compared to imidacloprid-free leaves. Moreover, both leaching of imidacloprid from leaves (for 7 d) as well as UV-irradiation reduced the leaves' imidacloprid load (by 46 and 90%) thereby mitigating the effects on gammarids' feeding rate to levels comparable to the respective imidacloprid-free controls. Therefore, natural processes, such as UV-irradiation and re-mobilization of foliar insecticide residues in water, might be considered when evaluating the risks systemic insecticide applications in forests might pose for aquatic organisms in nearby streams. UV-irradiation and leaching in water reduce imidacloprid residues in contaminated leaves consequently mitigating toxicity for a leaf-shredding amphipod.
    Keywords: Neonicotinoids ; Imidacloprid ; Gammarus ; Leaf Fall ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, January 2015, Vol.196, pp.276-283
    Description: Interactions with environmental parameters may alter the ecotoxicity of nanoparticles. The present study therefore assessed the (in)direct effects of nanoparticulate titanium dioxide (nano-TiO ) towards , considering nano-TiO 's photocatalytic properties at ambient UV-intensities. Gammarids' habitat selection was investigated using its feeding preference on leaf discs either exposed to or protected from UV-irradiation in presence of nano-TiO as proxy (  = 49). UV-irradiation alone induced a significant preference for UV-protected habitats, which was more pronounced in simultaneous presence of nano-TiO . This behaviour may be mainly explained by the UV-induced formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by nano-TiO . Besides their direct toxicity, ROS may have lowered the leaf-quality in UV-exposed areas contributing (approximately 30%) to the observed behavioural pattern. Since the predicted no effect concentration of nano-TiO in combination with UV-irradiation falls below the predicted environmental concentration this study underpins the importance of considering environmental parameters during the risk assessment of nanoparticles. Results revealed for the first time a PNEC of nano-TiO falling below the PEC indicating a substantial risk for aquatic ecosystems already nowadays.
    Keywords: Gammarus ; Uv-Irradiation ; Interaction Effect ; Reactive Oxygen Species ; Behavioural Response ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, 2010, Vol.158(2), pp.615-623
    Description: This study evaluates the effects of the triazine herbicide simazine in an outdoor pond microcosm test system that contained two submerged rooted species ( and ) and two emergent rooted species ( and ) over a period of 84 days. Simazine was applied to the microcosms at nominal concentrations of 0.05, 0.5 and 5 mg/L. General biological endpoints and physiological endpoints were used to evaluate herbicide toxicity on macrophytes and the algae developing naturally in the system. Concentration-related responses of macrophytes and algae were obtained for the endpoints selected, resulting in a no observed ecologically adverse effect concentration (NOEAEC) at simazine concentrations of 0.05 mg active ingredient/L after 84 days. was the most negatively affected species based on length increase, which was consistently a very sensitive parameter for all macrophytes. The experimental design presented might constitute a suitable alternative to conventional laboratory single-species testing. Simazine at concentrations of 0.05 mg/L does not cause long-term negative effects to aquatic macrophytes or algae.
    Keywords: Macrophytes ; Single-Species ; Microcosms ; Herbicide ; Simazine ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Water Research, June 2001, Vol.35(8), pp.1869-1876
    Description: Rainfall-induced runoff transported sediments and pesticides into the Lourens River and its tributaries during a 28.8-mm rainstorm in mid-December 1998. Average 1-h peak levels of current-use insecticides applied to adjacent orchard plots were 1.5 mu g l super(-1) azinphos-methyl, 0.2 mu g l super(-1) chlorpyrifos and 2.9 mu g l super(-1) total endosulfan ( alpha , beta , S) in the river itself. Respective average 1-h pesticide levels associated with suspended particles were 1247, 924 and 12082 mu g kg super(-1), along with 980 mu g kg super(-1) of prothiofos. Total suspended solids increased during runoff from 32 to 520 mg l super(-1). The contaminated edge-of-field runoff entered the river via the tributaries directly bordering the orchard-growing areas. Increased concentrations of azinphos-methyl and prothiofos associated with suspended sediments were demonstrated to persist for about 3.5 months without any further input in one of the tributaries. This illustrates that the short-term exposure has the potential to result in long-term contamination of surface waters. In terms of chemical load during the 1-h peak discharge period, the single rainfall event caused a loss of 173 g h super(-1) azinphosmethyl, 55 g h super(-1) chlorpyrifos, 740 g h super(-1) total endosulfan ( alpha , beta , S) and 41 g h super(-1) prothiofos. Levels of contamination were extremely high; they exceed the national water quality standards and those established by the US EPA. A comparison with standard toxicity data and 24-h LC sub(50)s for the local amphipod species Paramelita nigroculus, obtained during this study, indicates that the concentrations found in the river may result in acute toxic effects on aquatic invertebrates and fishes. A probability analysis of 10-y rainfall data revealed that the frequency of a similar storm event occurring within the main spraying season is 1.7 y super(-1).
    Keywords: Edge-of-Field Runoff ; Insecticides ; Nonpoint-Source Pollution ; Orchards ; Toxicity ; Engineering
    ISSN: 0043-1354
    E-ISSN: 1879-2448
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2013, Vol.185(8), pp.6295-6310
    Description: Due to the specific modes of action and application patterns of agricultural insecticides, the insecticide exposure of agricultural surface waters is characterized by infrequent and short-term insecticide concentration peaks of high ecotoxicological relevance with implications for both monitoring and risk assessment. Here, we apply several fixed-interval strategies and an event-based sampling strategy to two generalized and two realistic insecticide exposure patterns for typical agricultural streams derived from FOCUS exposure modeling using Monte Carlo simulations. Sampling based on regular intervals was found to be inadequate for the detection of transient insecticide concentrations, whereas event-triggered sampling successfully detected all exposure incidences at substantially lower analytical costs. Our study proves that probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) concepts in their present forms are not appropriate for a thorough evaluation of insecticide exposure. Despite claims that the PRA approach uses all available data to assess exposure and enhances risk assessment realism, we demonstrate that this concept is severely biased by the amount of insecticide concentrations below detection limits and therefore by the sampling designs. Moreover, actual insecticide exposure is of almost no relevance for PRA threshold level exceedance frequencies and consequential risk assessment outcomes. Therefore, we propose a concept that features a field-relevant ecological risk analysis of agricultural insecticide surface water exposure. Our study quantifies for the first time the environmental and economic consequences of inappropriate monitoring and risk assessment concepts used for the evaluation of short-term peak surface water pollutants such as insecticides.
    Keywords: Insecticides ; Surface water exposure ; Monitoring ; Risk assessment
    ISSN: 0167-6369
    E-ISSN: 1573-2959
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