Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 369–373 | Cite as

The role of biodetritus in accumulation of elements in aquatic ecosystems

  • S. A. Ostroumov
  • G. M. Kolesov


Biodetritus that formed over a 7-month period in microcosms with Viviparus viviparus, Unio pictorum, and Ceratophyllum demersum contained a number of elements. This is the first study to determine concentrations of some elements in biodetritus. Neutron activation analysis showed that the elements’ concentrations decrease in the following order: Ca > Zn > Ba > Br > Ce > Se > Nd > La > U > Hf > Sb > Th > Sm > S > Cs > Au. The data obtained contribute to understanding of the polyfunctional role of aquatic organisms in aquatic ecosystems.

Key words

detritus mollusks water quality rare and scattered elements Viviparus Unio Ceratophyllum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityLeninskie Gory, MoscowRussia
  2. 2.V. I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical ChemistryMoscowRussia

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