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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Contaminant fluxes across ecosystems mediated by aquatic insects

Bundschuh, Mirco; Pietz, Sebastian; Roodt, Alexis P.; Kraus, Johanna M.


Metals and organic contaminants in aquatic systems affect the coupling of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through two pathways: contaminant-induced effects on insect emergence and emergence-induced contaminant transfer. Consequently, the impact of aquatic contaminants on terrestrial ecosystems can be driven by modifications in the quantity and quality of adult aquatic insects serving as prey or contaminants entering terrestrial food webs as part of the diet of terrestrial predators. Here, we provide an overview of recent advances in the field, separating metals from organic contaminants due to their differential propensity to bioaccumulate and thus their potential contribution to either of the two pathways. Finally, this review highlights the knowledge gap in the relative impact of these pathways on terrestrial insectivores.

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Current Opinion in Insect Science
2022, volume: 50, article number: 100885
Publisher: ELSEVIER

Authors' information

University of Koblenz and Landau
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Pietz, Sebastian
University of Koblenz and Landau
Roodt, Alexis P.
University of Koblenz and Landau
Kraus, Johanna M.
United States Geological Survey

UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Aquacultural Science

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