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
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.
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