According to Sousa et al. The increase of the continental discharge during rainy season brings more inorganic and organic nutrients to the coastal system, increasing the primary production. [76], the availability and quality of the food, the energy state (stability) at the benthic/pelagic boundary, and the grain size of the substrate seem to be the most important environmental factors determining the distribution pattern of the benthic foraminiferal assemblages in the Campos Basin slope. Environmental parameters and some foraminiferal data were based on Martins et al. [16] studying the effect of heavy pollution mainly due to Hg, PAHs, and PCBs on the foraminiferal assemblages from the Augusta harbor (Eastern Sicily, Italy) observed that the clearest response of foraminifera to environmental degradation was the increased percentages of abnormal specimens exceeding the background, the increase of pollution-tolerant species, and the reduced size of the specimens. The higher values of SMGS are common in samples collected along the inlet and S. Jacinto channels where the tidal currents are stronger and reach frequently velocities >2 m s−1 [29], and in stations of other channels due to stronger currents activity in interaction with local topographic effects. [21], the low pH values in sediment pore water limit the episodic presence of calcareous foraminifera. The transects A–I and their sampling points 1–5, according to the isobaths (25 m = 1; 50 m = 2; 75 m = 3; 100 m = 4; and 150 m = 5). 15-17/04/2008, Nice. Details of about 183 species, subjected to 5 orders, 52 families and 92 genera are included. Ben-Eliahu N, Herut B, Rahav E, Abramovich S. Shell Growth of Large Benthic Foraminifera under Heavy Metals Pollution: Implications for Geochemical Monitoring of Coastal Environments. By making research easy to access, and puts the academic needs of the researchers before the business interests of publishers. Nevertheless, much remains to be learned about foraminiferal ecology. The values of density and biomass of living benthic foraminifera allow us to suggest that the Almirante Câmara canyon is a greater entrapment site of organic matter between 400 and 1000 m isobaths in comparison to the open areas at the same isobaths [76]. When they occur separately, it is often in environments with different natural conditions, which makes comparison problematic. The most frequent species in living foraminiferal assemblages of Aveiro Lagoon are Ammonia tepida (<40%) and Haynesina germânica (<40%), which were found in all of the sites. [10], Debenay et al. The other group of Foraminifera species found in marine environments are planktonic species (Planktic foraminifera). Living foraminifera density tends to increase in fine-grained sediments enriched in organic matter. In benthic foraminifera, the cytoplasmic body is encased in organic or mineralized test (shell), which provides a fossil record (Cambrian to recent). The high supply of continental nutrients in addition to the nutrients of the coastal upwelling of Cabo Frio and adjacent areas disturbs the natural equilibrium of the biological communities of this area. Open Access is an initiative that aims to make scientific research freely available to all. Changes in the density, diversity, and composition of benthic foraminifera were analyzed in response to environmental factors (i.e., sand and mud contents, calcium carbonate, total organic carbon and chlorophyll-a concentrations, and phytopigment concentrations in the sediment) (see details in [76]). Low pH levels coupled with the reactivity of biogenic carbonates may promote dissolution and destruction of calcareous tests [48]. Foraminifera have been applied to study areas with different kind of pollutants and in different kind of environments including heavily polluted harbors, such as French coast, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Eastern Sicily. Odessa I.I. Throughout this area, 45 species were identified as belonging to Rotaliina (37 species), Textulariina (6 species), and Miliolina (2 species). Persistent pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides (dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane), toxic metals (Cd, Hg, Ag, Co, Cr, Ni, Pb, Zn, and Cu), and others may cause deleterious effect in marine life. Despite potentially considerable pollution sources, mostly around DTCS, the contamination of sediment, as measured through geochemical analyses, is moderate. Brief introduction to this section that descibes Open Access especially from an IntechOpen perspective, Want to get in touch? Textural, trace elements, and foraminifera data from TB, AR, and SSC areas were previously studied by Teodoro et al. The application of the ABC curves method in foraminiferal assemblages is a promising alternative to evaluate the environmental conditions and to access specific areas over time, and thus, they can be applied in environmental monitoring studies. Species such as H. germanica, A. tepida, T. inflata, and C. excavatum increase their frequencies in the most confined places and are impacted by high concentrations of PTE. The aim of this study is to study the benthic … According to Pianka [70], k-strategist or conservative species have greater body size, longer life cycle, and population size largely constant in time, being close to the capacity of support of the environment; r-strategist species are known for their opportunistic behavior, small size, short life cycle, and very variable population size without adjustment balance in relation to available resources (mainly space and food). [55], contaminated rainwater and industrial water are treated in systems that use mostly decantation to separate oil from water (SAO = Separação de Águas Oleosas). Then, a series of treatments, using hydrogen peroxide at several pH levels, allows the oxidization of sulfides and phenol before an ultimate neutralization of the effluent. Symposium international sur les Foraminifères benthiques. He mentioned Oncholaimidae nematodes and Tisbidae copepods as dominant species in polluted environments and reminds that they are often larger. Yamashita et al. *Address all correspondence to: virginia.martins@ua.pt. The inner lagoonal area receives the contribution of several rivers. However, even if they are dispersed and do not accumulate within the sediment, pollutant may affect the benthos since all habitats exposed to all types of contaminants experience decreased biodiversity [60]. Ecology and Applications of Benthic Foraminifera presents a comprehensive and global coverage of the subject using all the available literature. They also corresponded to two distinct ecozones, Entrance and Confluence, already recognized in earlier studies. Benthic foraminifera include two major types of foraminifera. and Brizalina spp., with low particulate organic matter flux values, muddy sediments, and more refractory organic matter. Particular circulation patterns mainly in shallow areas and wide channels can be induced by strong winds [25]. If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. Benthic foraminifera have been proved to be excellent envi-ronmental bio-indicators in paralic environments, such as es-tuaries and lagoons (Coccioni, 2000; Frontalini et al., 2009; Armynot du Châtelet and Debenay, 2010). Our team is growing all the time, so we’re always on the lookout for smart people who want to help us reshape the world of scientific publishing. The Ria de Aveiro is a tide-dominated lagoon with minimum tidal range of 0.6 m (neap tides) and maximum tidal range of 3.2 m (spring tides). The positive correlation of P. cananeiaensis, together with D. floridana, with TP and Cd appears to be an indication that they are tolerant to these elements and to the associated contaminants. Study areas and sampling grid in São Sebastião Channel (SE coast of Brazil). The considerable increase in the agglutinated foraminifera, the continuous decrease in the density of foraminifera, and also decrease in the values of the Benthic Foraminifera High Productivity Index (BFHP [61]) as depth increases indicate typical oligotrophic conditions in this sector of the Campos Basin (lower slope and São Paulo Plateau). Rose Bengal was used to differentiate between living and dead foraminifera [33]. By Houma Fouzia, Boufeniza Redouane Larbi, Adem Amina, Chabi Nacera and Bachari Nour El Islam. The data presented here show the importance of understanding the ecology of the benthic foraminifera species for environmental assessment of the ecosystems, and therefore for the establishment of biomonitoring procedures. Other species also reach relatively high relative abundance, at least locally, such as Elphidium margaritaceum (<54%), Lepidodeuterammina ochracea (<52%), Lobatula lobatula (<45%), Rotaliammina concava (<32%), Bolivina ordinaria (<31%), Cibicides ungerianus (<19%), Planorbulina mediterranensis (<17%), Cribroelphidium excavatum, Elphidium gerthi (<14%), Elphidium complanatum (<14%), Bolivina pseudoplicata (<13%), Remaneica helgolandica (<13%), Bulimina elongata/B. As PhD students, we found it difficult to access the research we needed, so we decided to create a new Open Access publisher that levels the playing field for scientists across the world. The abovementioned currents are associated with the relatively high vertical flux of particulate organic matter and the prevalence of sandy sediments, respectively. Together, this indicates that morphological heritability may be low across Foraminifera or at least in taxa exposed to a high degree of environmental instability such as planktic and shallow-living benthic foraminifera. It is composed by a series of channels among intertidal areas such as mudflats, salt marsh, and old saltpans. In fact, the increase in pollutants has been reported in general, as being marked by a decrease in species diversity with increased abundance of stress-tolerant species and high percentage of abnormalities [45, 46]. The H′ and J′ values varied between 1.59 and 3.25 and between 0.64 and 0.93, respectively. Samples for grain size and geochemical analysis were dried to constant weight in an oven for about 72 h, at 45°C, and stored for subsequent analysis. [15] observed that foraminifera distribution in the harbor of Port Joinville, at the Atlantic French coast, was influenced by the significant increase of pollution by metals such as Cu, Pb, and Zn and sediment texture. The sediments are coarse-grained and have low organic matter content where the currents are strong. In fact, they have been successful inhabitants from deep oceans to brackish water lagoons, estuaries, and even rarely in freshwater streams, lakes, and so on [3]. Most of the recent studies carried out with foraminifera are focused on the application of these organisms as environmental bioindicators. The oil separation techniques, used in the wastewater treatment plants, primarily remove particulate matter and dispersed oil, while dissolved hydrocarbons remain in the discharged water [55]. Haynesina germanica is a mid-latitudinal, temperate, and euryhaline species that populates shallow water muddy and phytal environments of salt marshes, intertidal habitats with salinities that generally range between 1 and 30, and optimal temperatures between 12 and 22°C [52]. The lower slope is inhabited by a microfauna with different characteristics, preferentially composed of epifaunal or shallow infaunal deposit feeding species (e.g., Bolivina spp., Eponides weddellensis, and Lenticulina cultrata) and suspension feeders that are adapted to oligotrophic conditions and high dissolved oxygen levels in the bottom waters, for example, Rhabdammina spp., Rhizammina sp. Moreover, it may negatively impact benthic fauna around the DTCS. Most of these species are recognized in the literature as tolerant to high organic matter flux and as able to survive in low oxic conditions. The stations followed nine transects from 400 to 3000 m deep (Figure 5). gibba, G. praegeri, E. crispum, and C. jeffreysii. Sediment mean grain size (SMGS) varied between 19.7 and 3660.2 μm and fine fraction (fines; <63 μm) between 0 and 97.7%. Detrital materials derived from the river discharge of the Paraíba do Sul River are distributed throughout the inner shelf by developing small muddy zones and large mud accumulations in an area adjacent to Búzios and Cabo Frio, where the currents have energy close to zero, 150 km south to the mouth of the river [64]. Foraminifera are eukaryotic unicellular microorganisms inhabiting all marine environments. From this on, other projects were executed in the Campos Basin, such as “Campos Basin Deep-sea Environmental Program” (Oceanprof) and “Environmental Heterogeneity of the Campos Basin” (Habitats) projects. Benthic foraminifera highlighted the degradation of most, if not all, study sites, ranking most of the TWs in “Moderate” to “Bad” EcoQs. Furthermore, the noticeable wind effect can have an important influence on the lagoon circulation. Sampling methods, preparation of samples, control of quality, and methods of data analysis are described in detail in [66]. These projects had a multidisciplinary goal: geology and meteoceanography; organic and inorganic components of water and sediment; and the distribution and composition of biota [73, 74]. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. In the Habitats project, an ecological study of living (rose Bengal stained) benthic foraminifera was performed in samples collected with a box corer, on the continental slope, Plateau of São Paulo, and canyons, during two campaigns (austral winter of 2008 and summer of 2009). It reached the highest relative abundance in DTCS the polluted samples and, to a lesser extent, in Araçá. A scarcely oxygenated, more saline environment with fine bottom sediment enriched in vegetal debris was related to a prevalently agglutinated assemblage characterized by low species diversity (H-index 1.60–2.68), with high dominance of E. advenus (up to 83.6%) associated to Ammonia tepida, and high foraminiferal density, recognized in the Middle Branch. Some benthic species burrow actively, though slowly, through sediment at speeds up to 1cm per hour, while others attach themselves to the surface of rocks or marine plants. Most baseline studies arrived from natural distribution patterns like those reported in the classical literature by [4, 5, 6]. Living specimens density (no per gram of sediment fraction 63–500 μm) were < 2300 n°/g. The pollutants can enter the food chain and may even reach the highest trophic levels [2]. Fossilized Foraminifera have been found in sediment and dated to as early as the 5th century B.C.E..The term “foraminifera” wasn’t used until 1830.Benthic foraminfera assemblages are sensitive to temperature, pH, salinity, and the substrate in which they live. Thaisa Vicente (Fundação para Desenvolvimento Tecnológico da Engenharia), the lipids biomarkers by Dr. Renato Carreira (Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro), the bacterial biomass by Dr. Rodolfo Paranhos (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), and the parameters for the water column by Dr. Ilson Silveira (Oceanographic Institute, São Paulo University). The water circulation in the channel is characterized by alternate northerly and southerly movements, with a periodicity of days that is not directly influenced by tidal currents [54]. In Aveiro Lagoon, the agglutinated species that are known to be well adapted to a wide range of salinities [47] predominate in different ecological niches, all of them characterized by high environmental stress. In the most polluted areas, they observed the increasing abundance of pollution-tolerant species. 1. Monitoring Index. The H′ and J’ values ranged from 1.5 to 2.4 and from 0.56 to 0.71, respectively. Planktonic and benthic foraminifera reveal the state and the dynamics of the surface and deep ocean in the past. At this station, 32 species were recognized. Each area has different particularities, conditioning the type of living foraminifera associations that inhabit them, being the first two areas highly anthropized. Water depth was measured with the boat sonar, and the stations were located with a GPS. Density 1 values ranged from 95 specimens per 60 cm3 of sediment to 296 specimens per 10 cm3 of sediment. [51], the relative abundance of A. tepida is typically favored by an increase of total organic matter, meaning food resources. [18, 31, 32]. For each species there is a Naira Yamamoto, Dr. Raquel Fernanda Passos, Dr. Renata Hanae Nagai (Center for Marine Studies, Federal University of Paraná), Carla Ito, Dr. Leticia Burone (Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República), Dr. Marina Fukumoto, MScs. Society of Petroleum Engineers, vol. The number of species per sample (S) and the diversity index of Shannon (H′) [34] were determined. Benthic foraminifera to assess ecological quality status of Kaduvaiyar and Uppanar estuaries, Southeast coast of India May 2020 DOI: 10.6024/jmbai.2019.61.1.2048-08 The following species also had significant relative abundance: P. cananeiaensis (1.8–17%), C. lobatulus (<11.9%), B. ordinaria (1.1–11.3%), R. floridensis (<8.6%), B. elegantissima (<7.8%), B. striatula (3.2–7.7%), P. japonicum (<6.1%), G. crassa (<6.1%), and A. parkinsoniana (<5.4%). 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