Chemical mobility and bioavailability of sediment-bound heavy metals influenced by salinity

Wolfgang Calmano, Wolfgang Ahlf & Jan-Christian Bening
The transfer of metals from contaminated sediments to algal cell walls (Scenedesmus quadricauda) and organisms from various trophic levels (euryhaline osmoconform hydroid Cordylophora caspia and algae Brachiomonas submarina) was studied with a multichamber device. The system consists of a central chamber which contained the mud suspension and six external chambers containing the different biological indicators. The solids in the central and external chambers are separated by 0.45 µm-diameter membranes which allow diffusion of the mobilized,...