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Rivista Water - special issue - aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental contamination: invito a presentare contributi

La rivista internazionale open access Water (ISSN 2073-4441) ha aperto una call for papers per uno Special Issue dal titolo "Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Environmental Contamination", edito da Massimo Zacchini (CNR IRET) e Valentina Iannilli del Dipartimento Sostenibilità dei Sistwemi Produttivi e Territoriali.

Di seguito l’invito a sottomettere paper, aperto fino al 31 dicembre 2023.


The release and accumulation of pollutants in the aquatic compartment represent environmental threats of growing concern for the ecosystem and human health, as well as affecting the availability of pure water for different purposes.

While there is a large body of literature dealing with the presence and the consequences on biological organisms of the xenobiotic compounds in the marine environment, information on these issues targeting the freshwater ecosystem are still fragmentary. In particular, the effects of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceutical, personal care and household cleaning products, agricultural residues, flame retardants, microplastics and nanomaterials on freshwater biota are a matter of growing attention for environmental risk assessment. Direct toxicity and bioaccumulation effects are especially concerning for primary producer and primary consumer organisms in the freshwater compartment, due to their extreme vulnerability and important ecological role, being at the base of the trophic network involving the human diet. Regardless, due to the particular physico-chemical characteristics of the emerging pollutants, all the representatives of the aquatic biota are under threat.

The Special Issue is devoted to acquiring new information on the impact of conventional and emerging pollutants on the freshwater ecosystem, targeting both plants and invertebrates. In this context, studies dealing with the ecotoxicological assessment involving model organisms, physiological and biomolecular mechanisms, and novel biomonitoring indices will be particularly welcomed.

Dr. Massimo Zacchini

Dr. Valentina Iannilli

Guest Editors


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freshwater ecosystem

emerging contaminants

ecotoxicological assessment

pollutant biomonitoring



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