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Article: Could benthic biofilm analyses be used as a reliable proxy for freshwater environmental health?

TitleCould benthic biofilm analyses be used as a reliable proxy for freshwater environmental health?
Authors
KeywordsBiofilm
LC-MS/MS
16s rRNA sequencing
SEM
Issue Date2019
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/envpol
Citation
Environmental Pollution, 2019, v. 252 pt. A, p. 440-449 How to Cite?
AbstractThe quality of freshwater undoubtedly reflects the health of our surrounding environment, society, and economy, as these are supported by various freshwater ecosystems. Monitoring efforts have therefore been considered a vital means of ensuring the ecological health of freshwater environments. Nevertheless, most aquatic environmental monitoring strategies largely focus on bulk water sampling for analysis of physicochemical and key biological indicators, which for the most part do not consider pollution events that occur at any time between sampling events. Because benthic biofilms are ubiquitous in aquatic environments, pollution released during sporadic events may be absorbed by these biofilms, which can act as repositories of pollutants. The aim of this study was to assess whether benthic biofilm monitoring could provide an efficient way of properly characterizing the extent of pollution in aquatic environments. Here, bulk water and benthic biofilms were sampled from three Hong Kong streams having various pollution profiles, and subsequently compared via high-resolution microscopy, metagenomic analysis, and analytical chemistry. The results indicated that biofilms were, indeed, reservoirs of environmental pollutants, having different profiles compared with that of the corresponding bulk water samples. Moreover, the results also suggested that biofilms sampled in polluted areas were characterized by a higher species richness. While the analytical testing of benthic biofilms still needs further development, the integration of chemical-pollutant profiles and biofilm sequencing data in future studies may provide unique perspectives for understanding and identifying pollution-related biofilm biomarkers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272496
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2017 Impact Factor: 4.358
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.045

 

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dc.contributor.authorPu, Y-
dc.contributor.authorNgan, WY-
dc.contributor.authorYao, Y-
dc.contributor.authorHabimana, O-
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-20T10:43:25Z-
dc.date.available2019-07-20T10:43:25Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Pollution, 2019, v. 252 pt. A, p. 440-449-
dc.identifier.issn0269-7491-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272496-
dc.description.abstractThe quality of freshwater undoubtedly reflects the health of our surrounding environment, society, and economy, as these are supported by various freshwater ecosystems. Monitoring efforts have therefore been considered a vital means of ensuring the ecological health of freshwater environments. Nevertheless, most aquatic environmental monitoring strategies largely focus on bulk water sampling for analysis of physicochemical and key biological indicators, which for the most part do not consider pollution events that occur at any time between sampling events. Because benthic biofilms are ubiquitous in aquatic environments, pollution released during sporadic events may be absorbed by these biofilms, which can act as repositories of pollutants. The aim of this study was to assess whether benthic biofilm monitoring could provide an efficient way of properly characterizing the extent of pollution in aquatic environments. Here, bulk water and benthic biofilms were sampled from three Hong Kong streams having various pollution profiles, and subsequently compared via high-resolution microscopy, metagenomic analysis, and analytical chemistry. The results indicated that biofilms were, indeed, reservoirs of environmental pollutants, having different profiles compared with that of the corresponding bulk water samples. Moreover, the results also suggested that biofilms sampled in polluted areas were characterized by a higher species richness. While the analytical testing of benthic biofilms still needs further development, the integration of chemical-pollutant profiles and biofilm sequencing data in future studies may provide unique perspectives for understanding and identifying pollution-related biofilm biomarkers.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/envpol-
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Pollution-
dc.subjectBiofilm-
dc.subjectLC-MS/MS-
dc.subject16s rRNA sequencing-
dc.subjectSEM-
dc.titleCould benthic biofilm analyses be used as a reliable proxy for freshwater environmental health?-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHabimana, O: ohabim@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHabimana, O=rp02169-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envpol.2019.05.111-
dc.identifier.pmid31158672-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85066339272-
dc.identifier.hkuros299238-
dc.identifier.volume252-
dc.identifier.issuept. A-
dc.identifier.spage440-
dc.identifier.epage449-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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