Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Research article
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08 Jul 2016
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 08 Jul 2016

Can mussels be used as sentinel organisms for characterization of pollution in urban water systems?

Elke S. Reichwaldt and Anas Ghadouani


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 Mar 2016) by Erwin Zehe
AR by Elke S. Reichwaldt on behalf of the Authors (01 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Apr 2016) by Erwin Zehe
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (17 May 2016)
ED: Publish as is (15 Jun 2016) by Alberto Guadagnini
Short summary
We assessed if nitrogen stable isotopes in mussels are a suitable indicator, capable of resolving spatial and temporal variability of nutrient pollution in an urban estuary. Our results highlight the value of using stable isotope analysis as an integrative tool to establish an understanding of local processes and pollution levels in theses urban aquatic systems. We suggest that mussels can become a robust tool for the detection of emerging anthropogenic pollutants of concern in urban water systems.