publication . Article . Other literature type . 2015

Subcellular Sequestration and Impact of Heavy Metals on the Ultrastructure and Physiology of the Multicellular Freshwater Alga Desmidium swartzii

Andosch Ancuela; Höftberger Margit; Lütz Cornelius; Lütz-Meindl Ursula;
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  • Published: 01 May 2015 Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences (issn: 1422-0067, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Due to modern life with increasing traffic, industrial production and agricultural practices, high amounts of heavy metals enter ecosystems and pollute soil and water. As a result, metals can be accumulated in plants and particularly in algae inhabiting peat bogs of low pH and high air humidity. In the present study, we investigated the impact and intracellular targets of aluminum, copper, cadmium, chromium VI and zinc on the filamentous green alga Desmidium swartzii, which is an important biomass producer in acid peat bogs. By means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) it is shown that all metals examined are ta...
free text keywords: aluminum, cadmium, chromium, copper, Desmidium swartzii, electron energy loss spectroscopy, TEM, zinc, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Chemistry, QD1-999, Article, <i>Desmidium swartzii</i>, <i> </i>electron energy loss spectroscopy, Algae, biology.organism_classification, biology, Photosynthesis, Ultrastructure, chemistry.chemical_element, Micrasterias, Biomass, Desmidium, Botany, Biochemistry
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