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Chemical contaminant effects on marine ecosystem functioning

Publication Date: 31 October, 2014


Journal of Applied Ecology 2014

Review: Chemical contaminant effects on marine ecosystem functioning

Emma L. Johnston, Mariana Mayer-Pinto and Tasman P. Crowe

Article first published online: 29 OCT 2014

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12355

Ecosystem functioning underpins the ecosystem services upon which humans rely. Critical functions, such as primary and secondary productivity, are, however, increasingly threatened by a range of anthropogenic stressors. Although the extent of the threat of contamination is large and has been increasing, pollution is one of the least-studied stressors in ecology.

A systematic review and critical synthesis of the effects of contaminants on marine and estuarine ecosystem functioning was carried out. No other stressors besides toxic chemicals were included in this review.

For more information see the full article here.