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See detailAn overview of the microbenthic loop in Posidonia oceanica meadows: the good, the bad and the ugly
Pete, Dorothée ULg; Quattrocchi, Loïc; Velimirov, Branko et al

in Creed, J.C.; Oigman-Pszczol, S.S. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 10th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW10), 25- 30 November 2012, Armação dos Búzios, Brazil (2012, November)

Posidonia oceanica is an endemic seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. The ecosystem based on this plant is essential from an ecological and economical point of view (commercial species, touristic activities ... [more ▼]

Posidonia oceanica is an endemic seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. The ecosystem based on this plant is essential from an ecological and economical point of view (commercial species, touristic activities, oxygen production), though very sensitive to environmental perturbations. To detect those perturbations, scientists are trying to find more efficient ecological indicators. Most of the time, those indicators are based on the plant itself. Unfortunately, this seagrass does not react very quickly to perturbations so, when a reaction is noticed, it is often too late to prevent irremediable damages to the ecosystem. The sedimentary compartment of P. oceanica meadows has been less studied than the canopy level. However, it could be a good source of ecological indicators because it is the final container of all the pollution. In this framework, the microbenthic loop has been studied. It is a major subsystem of those meadows and encompasses organic matter, bacteria, microphytobenthos and meiofauna. As those organisms have a rapid turnover and stay almost all their life inside the sediment, they seemed good potential indicators. This presentation will show what is useful or not inside the sediment and more specifically inside the microbenthic loop. Results of a comparison between a fish farm and a reference location will be used, as well as in situ experiments (shading and sediment loading) and small spatial scale variations. At the end of this presentation, you will know what are the good, the bad and the ugly in the sedimentary compartment of a P. oceanica meadow. [less ▲]

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See detailSeagrass productivity, from genes to ecosystem management - benthic incubations
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lepoint, G.; Richir, Jonathan ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, October 09)

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See detailTrophic tracers reveal considerable diversity among diets of dominant amphipods from Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dauby, Patrick ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

Poster (2012, August 20)

Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica meadows shelter a high biomass and an important biodiversity of amphipod crustaceans. In other temperate meadows, the amphipods play an important part in the functioning ... [more ▼]

Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica meadows shelter a high biomass and an important biodiversity of amphipod crustaceans. In other temperate meadows, the amphipods play an important part in the functioning of the ecosystem, notably in organic matter transfers from producers to higher level consumers. However, the situation in Posidonia oceanica meadows remains unclear, and little is known about the trophic ecology of amphipods, which are generally regarded as generalist herbivores/detritivores despite the lack of precise studies. Here, we combined gut content examination and trophic markers (fatty acids, stables isotopes of C and N) to delineate the diet of the dominant species of amphipods from Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows and to highlight trophic diversity among this community. Our results indicate that contribution of microepiphytic diatoms and of benthic and suspended particulate organic matter to the diet of amphipods were anecdotal. On the other hand, all dominant species heavily relied on macroalgal epiphytes, suggesting a certain extent of overlapping in the diets of the dominant species. Considerable interspecific differences nonetheless existed, notably concerning grazing preferences towards epiphytes from leaves or litter fragments vs. epiphytes from rhizomes. In addition, the use of the SIAR isotopic mixing model showed that most species had a mixed diet, and relied on several food items. None of the examined species seemed to graze on their seagrass host, but Gammarus aequicauda partly relied on seagrass leaf detritus. Overall, our findings demonstrate that amphipods have the potential to be key-items in trophic and functional interactions occurring among Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica meadows. [less ▲]

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See detailL'océanographie , c'est quoi?
Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

Présentation de l'océanographie: définition, notion de base, histoire de l'océanographie à Liège

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See detailAssessment of the ecological status of P. oceanica meadow with a no destructive shoot method
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lejeune, Pierre ULg; Chéry, Aurélia et al

in Proceedings of the Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop 2012 (2012, June)

Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is a protected species, included in the Red list of marine threatened species of the Mediterranean. Because of its sensitivity to disturbance, P. oceanica is used as a ... [more ▼]

Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is a protected species, included in the Red list of marine threatened species of the Mediterranean. Because of its sensitivity to disturbance, P. oceanica is used as a bioindicator to define the health status of coastal waters. Monitoring methods generally require to sample plants, followed by measurements on picked shoots. This implies the total destruction of several tens of shoots. This study presents a method, “The Non Destructive Shoot Methodology”: NDSM, that permits the measurement of (1) the most used seagrass metrics, (2) the determination of C, N, P contents and (3) the measurement of the trace metal levels in P. oceanica leaves. Our technic has been firstly tested by comparison with the results obtained with classic method of biometry. Secondly, differences between levels of C, N, P and trace metals obtained with classic picking and our methodology were tested. Thirdly, the physiological consequences on the shoots were investigated (% of survival, growth, essential element contents (C, N, P, Fe, Cu...). The NDSM gives similar results to classic investigations to assess the ecological status of P. oceanica meadow (i.e. PREI, BiPO...) and avoid the uprooting of the “K-strategist” protected species. This methodology is usable in cases of monitoring and impact studies. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal and depth-related distributions of epiphytic Bryozoa in a Mediterranean seagrass meadow
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Balancier, Boris; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2012, May 31)

Although biofouling on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is thought to be driven by the variability of environmental parameters and phenology of the plant, effect of these parameters on sessile animal ... [more ▼]

Although biofouling on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is thought to be driven by the variability of environmental parameters and phenology of the plant, effect of these parameters on sessile animal colonization is still poorly understood. This study aims to document the seasonality and the bathymetric variability of epiphytic Bryozoa diversity and abundance on this seagrass Posidonia shoots were collected in the Revellata bay (Corsica, Mediterranean) in five seasons from 7 to 30 m depth. Colony densities may reach more than 87000 colonies. m-2 at 10 m depth in spring; this probably implies an important contribution of Bryozoa larvae to spring plankton where P. oceanica meadows are present. The Bryozoa specific distribution and abundance appeared to be determined by the seasonality of both the environmental parameters and the plant phenology. However, depth and associated environmental gradients played a structuring role. Based on our data and on the literature, we propose a classification of epiphytic Bryozoa in four categories from hyper-epiphytic specialist to accidental epiphytes and underline the necessity to protect seagrass systems on their full depth range to maximize biodiversity conservation. [less ▲]

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See detailTrace element kinetics in contaminated Posidonia oceanica meadow
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Luy, Nicolas; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop 2012 (2012, May 29)

The seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor trace elements (TEs). However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding to pollutant kinetics in that species ... [more ▼]

The seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor trace elements (TEs). However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding to pollutant kinetics in that species. Posidonia oceanica were in situ contaminated by a mix of 15 TEs (Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Cd, Pb and Bi) at experimental levels equivalent to 10 (moderate) and 100 (acute) times seawater average concentrations. TEs concentrations were measured by ICP-MS in P. oceanica leaves and rhizomes sampled at regular time intervals, in epiphytes, in water and in sediment. Posidonia oceanica immediately accumulated pollutants from the beginning of experiments; once contaminations ended, TE concentrations came back to their original levels within two weeks, or at least showed a clear decrease. Leaves exhibited different uptake kinetics for many elements (e.g. Cr, Cu, Ag, Bi etc.): the younger growing leaves forming new tissues incorporated chemicals more rapidly than the older senescent leaves. Rhizomes did not show any clear trend, except for Cu, Zn and Bi. Results demonstrate that P. oceanica is a very sensitive sentinel to immediately delineate punctual pollutions similar to what might be measured in contaminated Mediterranean waters. The good response of P. oceanica leaves to pollutant short-term expositions suggests their routine use in regularly scheduled monitoring programs. Nevertheless, to by-pass P. oceanica leaves deciduous character and their capability to detoxify rapidly, long term accumulation recordings would also necessitate belowground tissues analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailStare-Capmed : Présentation générale du projet et exemple d'une action : "Impact de l'ancrage sur la dynamique des herbiers de posidonies".
Michel, Loïc ULg; Champenois, Willy ULg; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Conference (2012, May 16)

STARE-CAPMED (STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystems Drifts) est un projet de recherche mis en place par Stareso S.A.S. depuis ... [more ▼]

STARE-CAPMED (STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystems Drifts) est un projet de recherche mis en place par Stareso S.A.S. depuis janvier 2012. Il a pour objectif d’établir un site de référence à long terme pour la compréhension, par la recherche fondamentale, des processus de l’évolution des écosystèmes méditerranéens côtiers et océaniques en réponse aux changements actuels globaux et locaux des pressions anthropiques. Centré sur la Baie de Calvi et le proche large, il vise à fournir un référentiel basé sur des mesures à haute fréquence qui doivent pouvoir complémenter les réseaux de surveillance basse fréquence et de recherches existants et ainsi faire progresser la compréhension des processus. En outre, le projet doit fournir aux utilisateurs finaux (collectivités locales et régionales, administrations nationales, ...) des orientations de gestion basées sur l’analyse étayée des processus en jeux. Financé par l’Agence de l’eau RMC et la Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, le projet, multidisciplinaire, se décline actuellement selon 10 axes de travail : • Suivi du cadre hydrographique et physico-chimique • Suivi et quantification des pressions anthropiques • Ecosystème planctonique • Benthos de substrat meuble • Benthos de substrat dur et faune vagile • Phanérogames marines et écosystèmes associés • Mouillages et processus d’altération des herbiers de posidonies • Ecotoxicologie et polluants émergents • Bilan CO2 et métabolisme des écosystèmes • Zones protégées, espèces nouvelles, recrutement Pour chacun de ces axes, la stratégie d’échantillonnage est basée sur la comparaison de données obtenues durant des périodes où l’impact anthropique est faible (octobre-avril) avec celles obtenues durant des périodes de pression intense (mai-septembre), et sur la comparaison de données issues de sites de référence peu impactés avec celles provenant de sites où l’impact anthropique est reconnu. A titre d’exemple, le but de l’action "Mouillages et processus d’altération des herbiers de posidonies" est de mettre en évidence les conséquences des altérations liées à l’arrachage de faisceaux de posidonies sur la vitalité de l’herbier. Des zones où la pression de mouillage est reconnue seront définies sur base des travaux de cartographie de l’herbier, également réalisés dans le cadre du projet STARE-CAPMED. Elles seront comparées avec des zones d’herbiers sains témoins par la caractérisation du sédiment (mesures de compacité in situ, mesures des concentrations en O2 et nutriments et du pH de l’eau interstitielle, granulométrie et teneur en matière organique du sédiment, proportions de rhizomes et morts) ainsi que par la définition de l’état physiologique des faisceaux de posidonies (mesures biométriques classiques, analyses des contenus élémentaires en carbone, azote et phosphore) et par l’application d’indices écologiques définis par la DCE (PREI, BIPO, …). Les résultats obtenus permettront d’avoir une vue d’ensemble des processus par lesquels l’impact physique des mouillages de bateaux de plaisance occasionne des dégâts aux herbiers de posidonies. Ils pourront ainsi fournir une base de connaissances solide aux gestionnaires soucieux de limiter cet impact. [less ▲]

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See detailSeagrass productivity, from genes to ecosystem management
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lepoint, G.; Richir, Jonathan ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, May 07)

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See detailChemical contamination along the Mediterranean French coast using Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile above-ground tissues: a multiple trace element study
Luy, Nicolas; Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Sartoretto, Stéphane et al

in Ecological Indicators (2012), 18

Levels of Be, Al, V, Mn, Co, As, Se, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, Bi as well as of Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile from the Mediterranean French coast were analysed using DRC ICP-MS ... [more ▼]

Levels of Be, Al, V, Mn, Co, As, Se, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, Bi as well as of Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile from the Mediterranean French coast were analysed using DRC ICP-MS. The first twelve elements have not been well studied and can be considered to be potential pollutants as a result of potentially increased levels resulting from anthropogenic activities. Spatial variation and/or compartmentalization were found for all trace elements. Except for Al, Cr, Fe, Cu and Ag, most trace elements were preferentially accumulated in photosynthetic tissues, suggesting uptake from the water column. Moreover, for Be, V, Mn, Co, Ni, As, Mo, Sb, Sn and Pb, adult leaves had higher levels than intermediate leaves, suggesting low kinetics of accumulation. Levels in the third intermediate leaf were representative of the average levels of the integral shoot, and thus can be used alone in chemical biomonitoring. For most of the twelve little-studied trace elements, the background levels of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea can be measured, and their spatial variation can be related to anthropogenic activities. Levels of the seven widely studied trace elements seem to decrease or stabilize over time, probably due to their reduced anthropogenic use. These observations show that P. oceanica is a sensitive bioindicator for the monitoring of chemical contamination of a large number of trace elements. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of semi-quantitative kit methods to study the heterotrophic bacterial community of Posidonia oceanica meadows: Limits and possible applications
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Velimirov, Branko; Poulicek, Mathieu ULg et al

in Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science (2012), 109

Rapid, easy and low cost semi-quantitative methods were tested to study the heterotrophic bacterial community of Posidonia oceanica meadows and were compared to techniques commonly used in microbial ... [more ▼]

Rapid, easy and low cost semi-quantitative methods were tested to study the heterotrophic bacterial community of Posidonia oceanica meadows and were compared to techniques commonly used in microbial ecology. Free and pore-water bacterial densities were estimated by luminescence, and principal enzymatic activities, metabolic capabilities and benthic mineralisation processes were studied with microtitration methods: ApiZym galleries, Biolog microplates and BART tests. Bacterial densities varied little throughout the year and were around 5.0 10^5 and 6.0 10^6 cells ml -1 of free and pore-water, respectively. The combined use of the ApiZym gallery and the Biolog microtitration plate permitted highlighting bacterial enzymatic activities susceptible to degrade principal organic polymers present in the Posidonia meadow, and to correlate these enzymatic activities to the subsequent potential utilization of resulting monomeric products. Levels of enzymatic activities (1.80-8.36 nmoles substrates h -1 ml- 1) and energetic bacterial metabolism (1.80-6.42 nmoles substrates h -1 ml- 1) presented seasonality relying on the temperature regime and on the primary production (Posidonia and phytoplankton). Main mineralization processes of buried organic matter through sulfate and iron reduction activities were successfully detected. Despite the complexity of the studied ecosystem, results obtained by this semi-quantitative approach, compared to studies applying commonly used methods in microbial ecology, highlighted the same bacterial dominant key processes. Their low cost, rapid and easy use, and the low level of expertise and sophistication they require means that these techniques are of use to many employed in environmental surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing samples of benthic marine diatoms from Mediterranean oligotrophic areas
Vermeulen, Simon ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

in Journal of Applied Phycology (2012), 24

The processing of benthic diatoms is tedious and involves several potentially damaging steps for cells. Although the preservation of siliceous frustules is of paramount importance in the implementation of ... [more ▼]

The processing of benthic diatoms is tedious and involves several potentially damaging steps for cells. Although the preservation of siliceous frustules is of paramount importance in the implementation of biotic indices, only few studies quantified treatment-induced cell losses. We assumed that commonly used treatments may lead to mechanical (centrifugation, sedimentation, boiling, sonication and mounting in Naphrax) and chemical (cold H2O2 digestion) damages on diatoms. We analysed the potential adverse effects of these treatments and the cleaning efficiency of H2O2 and incineration in order to find out the most suitable technique to process lightly silicified Mediterranean populations. Results showed that successive resuspensions of material after each concentration treatment (sedimentation and centrifugation) and low speed centrifugation did not alter the physical integrity of frustules. In contrast, boiling and sonication exhibited adverse effects especially on the preservation of large frustules and Naphrax mounting proved to be the most damaging step whatever the size of diatoms. For cleaning treatments, incineration provided the most satisfactory results and acted on a non-selective way as opposed to hydrogen peroxide which led to either a large number of non-cleaned frustules or dissolved valves. Our recommendations for processing samples of lightly silicified Mediterranean benthic diatoms include the use of low speed centrifugations, dehydration at room temperature, incineration and dry mounting. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Mytilus galloprovincialis to monitor 19 trace elements in the Calvi Bay
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Vermeulen, Simon; Biondo, Renzo ULg et al

Poster (2011, December 08)

Mussel caging with Mytilus galloprovincialis has been successively used to monitor classic trace metal (Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, Ni, Pb) pollution of Mediterranean coastal waters at spatial scales ranging from ... [more ▼]

Mussel caging with Mytilus galloprovincialis has been successively used to monitor classic trace metal (Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, Ni, Pb) pollution of Mediterranean coastal waters at spatial scales ranging from 10 to 100km. However, its relevance as bioindicator at smaller scales (100 m - 1 km) is poorly known. Moreover, the levels of some little studied trace elements (Al, V, Mn, Sb, Sn, Ag, Mo, Se, As, Co, Be, Bi), recently identified as potential pollutants of coastal environments, have not yet been assessed in that species. In this work, M. galloprovincialis was used to monitor the 19 listed trace elements at the scale of the Calvi Bay (NW Corsica, France). Additionally, we investigated decontamination kinetics and trace element tissue speciation before and after spawning. Mytilus galloprovincialis trace element levels reflect the good water quality of the Calvi Bay, showing little spatial variations either at 100m or 1km scales. Filter feeders are only influenced by their relatively homogeneous pelagic environment (dissolved trace elements and suspended particulate matters), in contrast to organisms which inhabit typically heterogeneous benthic habitats. This bioindicator, a convincing candidate for the monitoring of the 12 little studied trace elements, effectively accumulates the 19 studied elements to 105 seawater concentrations. Mytilus galloprovincialis rapidly equilibrates (within days) with its environment, and is therefore a good indicator of chronic and stable chemical pollutions. Tissue speciation shows that the most relevant organ to monitor trace elements is the hepatopancreas. However, the important variability induced by the reproductive cycle of mussels requires using this bioindicator during its sexual dormancy. [less ▲]

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See detailContamination of the Marine Environment by trace metals: old and emergent elements, case studies and perspectives
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Richir, Jonathan ULg

Scientific conference (2011, November 25)

Presentation of 18 trace elements (old: Cd, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb, Fe ; emergent: Be, Al, V, Mn, Sb, As, Bi, Se, Mo, Ag, Sn studied in the laboratory of Oceanology. Study cases in the Mediterranaen Sea ... [more ▼]

Presentation of 18 trace elements (old: Cd, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb, Fe ; emergent: Be, Al, V, Mn, Sb, As, Bi, Se, Mo, Ag, Sn studied in the laboratory of Oceanology. Study cases in the Mediterranaen Sea (Seagrass, mussel, seaurchin). [less ▲]

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See detailPosidonia meadow: an ecosytem engineer from living plant to dead leaf accumlation
Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Conference (2011, September)

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See detailSeagrass response to in situ trace element contaminations
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Luy, Nicolas; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

Poster (2011, September)

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-seventies as bioindicator to monitor trace element (TE) coastal pollution. However, there is a lack of ... [more ▼]

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-seventies as bioindicator to monitor trace element (TE) coastal pollution. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding to that seagrass contamination and decontamination kinetics. For the first time, Posidonia were experimentally in situ contaminated in 2009, at 10m depth in Calvi Bay (Corsica), by a mix of 15 TE (Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Cd, Pb and Bi). Trace element concentrations were measured by DRC-ICP-MS in leaves, rhizomes and in overall shoots sampled at regular time intervals. P. oceanica immediately accumulated pollutants from the beginning of experiments; once contaminations ended, TE concentrations came back close to their original levels within 2 weeks, or at least showed a clear decrease. Posidonia leaves exhibited different uptake kinetics for many elements (Cr, Cu, Zn, Ag, Cd, Pb and Bi): the younger growing leaves incorporated chemicals more rapidly than the older ones. Rhizomes did not show any clear trend, except for Cu, Zn and Bi. These results demonstrate that Posidonia is a very sensitive sentinel to immediately delineate punctual pollutions similar to what might be measured in contaminated Mediterranean waters. The very good response of Posidonia leaves to pollutant short term expositions suggests their routine use in regularly scheduled monitoring programs. Nevertheless, to by-pass Posidonia leaves deciduous character and their capability to detoxify rapidly, long term accumulation recordings also necessitate below-ground tissues analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailGroundwater quality assessment of one former industrial site in Belgium using a TRIAD-like approach.
Crévecoeur, Sophie; Debacker, Virginie ULg; Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULg et al

in Environmental Pollution (2011), 159(10), 2461-2466

Contaminated industrial sites are important sources of pollution and may result in ecotoxicological effects on terrestrial, aquatic and groundwater ecosystems. An effect-based approach to evaluate and ... [more ▼]

Contaminated industrial sites are important sources of pollution and may result in ecotoxicological effects on terrestrial, aquatic and groundwater ecosystems. An effect-based approach to evaluate and assess pollution-induced degradation due to contaminated groundwater was carried out in this study. The new concept, referred to as “Groundwater Quality TRIAD-like” (GwQT) approach, is adapted from classical TRIAD approaches. GwQT is based on measurements of chemical concentrations, laboratory toxicity tests and physico-chemical analyses. These components are combined in the GwQT using qualitative and quantitative (using zero to one subindices)integration approaches. The TRIAD approach is applied for the first time on groundwater from one former industrial site located in Belgium. This approach will allow the classification of sites into categories according to the degree of contaminant-induced degradation. This new concept is a starting point for groundwater characterization and is open for improvement and adjustment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of Eco-Exergy in Oceanology: Application to Posidonia oceanica meadows
Pete, Dorothée ULg; Velimirov, Branko; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Conference (2011, June 17)

In classic thermodynamics, exergy is defined as the useful work a system can perform when brought into equilibrium with its environment. It represents a measure of the distance from thermodynamic ... [more ▼]

In classic thermodynamics, exergy is defined as the useful work a system can perform when brought into equilibrium with its environment. It represents a measure of the distance from thermodynamic equilibrium. From that definition, some researchers (S.E. Jørgensen) have decided to apply this theory to ecosystems and called this expression of exergy “Eco-exergy”. According to this theory, a developing ecosytem trends to go far from its thermodynamic equilibrium and its exergy content trends to increase. Thus, the Laboratory of Oceanology of the University of Liege has decided to apply this quite new theory to Posidonia oceanica meadows, an endemic ecosystem of the Mediterranean coastal zone. This ecosystem is known as a good environmental quality indicator. So it was choosen to test the relevance of eco-exergy index as a quality indicator in the Mediterranean Sea. As this ecosystem is complex, this study focuses on the sedimentary compartment and the microbenthic loop (organic matter, bacteria, microphytobenthos and meiofauna). Some estimations of this eco-exergy index in the sedimentary compartment of a P. oceanica meadow are presented here. According to them, it seems that the eco-exergy index is not sensitive enough to catch effects of perturbations in this ecosystem. [less ▲]

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