SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
  9 May 2013
Volume 14 Issue 5
 

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Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group Hosting Aquatic and Terrestrial Plant Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Session in Glasgow

Gertie Arts, Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre, Mark Hanson, University of Manitoba and Jo Davies, Syngenta

The SETAC Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group (AMEG) would like to invite interested scientists to attend the session "Aquatic and Terrestrial Plant Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment" from 08:10–16:00 on Wednesday, 15 May, in Argyll Room 2, SECC, at the Glasgow meeting.

Plants are key structural and functional components of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, forming the basis of many food webs and delivering important ecosystem services. This session will focus understanding chemical impacts and supporting risk assessments on aquatic and terrestrial plant ecology and ecotoxicology. Eighteen platform presentations and more than 35 poster presentations will cover the following topics:

  • The effects of herbicides on aquatic plants and algae will be explored, specifically the relative sensitivity of aquatic plant species, the effectiveness of regulatory risk assessment schemes for protecting aquatic macrophytes, as well as the ability of aquatic macrophytes to recover from adverse effects. Presentations will touch on the use of species sensitivity distributions in risk assessment, mesocosm studies and new laboratory test protocols for testing aquatic plants.
  • The ability of terrestrial and aquatic plants to take up and bioaccumulate a range of compounds will be discussed with particular emphasis on metals and organic contaminants and the potential use of plants for remediation. Attention will also be given to the effects of metals on algal species.
  • The need to manage some aquatic macrophytes, specifically invasive weed species, in water courses will be highlighted.
  • Several presentations will focus on the ecotoxicology of terrestrial plants, particularly effects of herbicides, metals, detergents, pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles in a wide range of species under lab, glasshouse and field conditions.

AMEG hopes to see you in Glasgow!

Authors’ contact information: Gertie.Arts@wur.nl; Mark.Hanson@ad.umanitoba.ca; jo.davies@syngenta.com

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