Growth and metal accumulation in Porcellio scaber exposed to poplar litter from Cd-, Pb-, and Zn-contaminated sites.

Abstract : This study aimed at determining, in the laboratory, the effects of poplar litter collected in woody habitats contaminated by heavy metals on growth and metal accumulation in the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber. Cd, Pb, and Zn pseudototal and CaCl(2)-extractable concentrations in litter types were determined using AAS. Juveniles were fed ad libitum, individually, for 28 days with four litter types presenting an increasing gradient of metal contamination. Individuals were weighed every week and metal body burdens were determined at the end of the experiment. From the first week until the end of the experiment, a decrease in P. scaber growth related to the increase of metal concentration in litter types was recorded. Significant correlations were observed between metal body burdens and metal concentrations in litter types. However, Cd accumulation in woodlice appeared to be related to the Cd/Zn concentration ratio in litter types. All these results showed the potential of weight gain in P. scaber as a suitable indicator for litter quality assessment with ecological relevance.
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Jean-Philippe Godet, Sylvain Demuynck, Christophe Waterlot, Sébastien Lemière, Catherine Souty-Grosset, et al.. Growth and metal accumulation in Porcellio scaber exposed to poplar litter from Cd-, Pb-, and Zn-contaminated sites.. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Elsevier, 2011, 74 (3), pp.451-458. ⟨10.1016/j.ecoenv.2010.09.007⟩. ⟨hal-00626392⟩

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