Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 268–276 | Cite as

Ecotoxicological Characterisation of Sedimentation in the Kis-Balaton Water Protection System

  • G. PaulovitsEmail author
  • Nóra Kováts
  • A. Ács
  • Á. Ferincz
  • Anikó Kovács
  • B. Kakasi
  • Sz. Nagy
  • Gy. Kiss


The main function of the Kis-Balaton Water Protection System is to retain nutrients and total suspended solids, thus protecting the water quality of Lake Balaton. In this paper, the toxic nature of the sediment in the 2nd reservoir of the KBWPS has been characterised, using a battery of tests: Vibrio fischeri acute bioassay on whole sediment samples, and V. fischeri bioassay on pore water and elutriate samples. The latest version of the V. fischeri bioluminescence inhibition was applied, the Flash assay which uses a kinetic mode and is able to detect the toxicity of solid, turbid/coloured samples. Whole sediment toxicity showed a clear spatial distribution of toxicity, in parallel with elutriate toxicity. However, no pore water toxicity was detected, leading to the conclusion that contaminants are not water soluble.


Kis-Balaton Water Protection System sediment toxicity Vibrio fischeri Flash system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Paulovits
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nóra Kováts
    • 2
  • A. Ács
    • 2
  • Á. Ferincz
    • 2
  • Anikó Kovács
    • 2
  • B. Kakasi
    • 2
  • Sz. Nagy
    • 2
  • Gy. Kiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecological Research Centre, Balaton Limnological InstituteHungarian Academy of SciencesTihanyHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Environmental SciencesUniversity of PannoniaHungary

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