Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Frangipane G., Ghirardini A., Collavini F., Zaggia L., Pesce A., Tagliapietra D. Heavy metals in Hediste diversicolor (polychaeta : nereididae) and salt marsh sediments from the lagoon of Venice (Italy). In: Chemistry and Ecology, vol. 21 (6) pp. 441 - 454. Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2005.
The nereid polychaete Hediste diversicolor was frequently used as biomonitor of heavy metals contamination in estuaries. In the present work, the bioaccumulation of five heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, Pb) in tissues of H. diversicolor collected from six salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice is studied by analysing the relationships between concentrations of the operationally-defined reactive fraction of trace metals in sediments and total concentrations in tissues. The characterisation of sediment samples shows a clear distinction between sites near and far from the Industrial Zone; no analogous pattern is observed for tissue concentrations suggesting that metal bioaccumulation is controlled by complex interactions between metal bioavailability and physiological factors. Considering relationships between metals, strong inverse correlations are observed in polychaetes and sediments for Cu and Cr concentrations suggesting a possible interaction between these two metals. The role played by organic matter (OM) in the availability of metal is highlighted considering inverse relationships found between bioaccumulation factors for Cu, Cr, Cd and OM.
DOI: 10.1080/02757540500438649
Subject heavy metals
salt marshes
Hediste diversicolor

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