Scientific article

Effects of macrophytes on the fate of mercury in aquatic systems

Published inEnvironmental toxicology and chemistry, vol. 33, no. 6, no. Global Mercury Partnership, p. 1225-1237
Publication date2014

Vegetated and shallow areas such as wetlands and salt marshes, as well as freshwater lakes and rivers, have been identified as hotspots for Hg methylation. The presence of aquatic macrophytes, the predominant primary producers in shallow waters, plays an important but still poorly understood role in the fate of Hg in these environments. The present review focuses on the influences of macrophytes on Hg speciation and distribution in sediments, the rhizosphere, and the water column; on Hg transformation; and on Hg release to the environment, including transfer to the trophic web. Future research will require an improved understanding of the mechanisms and the factors controlling these aspects as well as a broader general view. Thus, the main gaps in knowledge are also discussed.

  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 205321_138254, IZERZO_142228
  • Autre - C11.0117
Citation (ISO format)
COSIO, Claudia et al. Effects of macrophytes on the fate of mercury in aquatic systems. In: Environmental toxicology and chemistry, 2014, vol. 33, n° 6, p. 1225–1237. doi: 10.1002/etc.2499
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