Environmental Pollution, July 2016, Vol.214, pp.840-846
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.
Energy Budget ; Heteroagglomerates ; Trophic Interaction ; Physiology ; Food Quality ; Nanomaterials ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
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