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UTTERBACKIA IMBECILLIS (BIVALVIA: UNIONIDAE) AS A BIOLOGICAL INDICATOR OF COPPER POLLUTION

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The freshwater mussel, Utterbackia imbecillis, is an ideal biological indicator of aquatic ecosystems because of its widespread geographic distribution, abundance, and sedentary, filter-feeding lifestyle. The present study evaluated the physiological responses of U. imbecillis to copper. This heavy metal is an ecologically relevant stressor, as it is a common aquatic pollutant that is particularly toxic to molluscs.
subject
biological indicators
biomarkers
copper
freshwater mussels
heat shock proteins
HSP70
contributor
White, Megan Pilarczyk (author)
Dimock, Jr., Ronald V. (committee chair)
Ashley-Ross, Miriam (committee member)
Johnson, A. Daniel (committee member)
Johnson, Erik C. (committee member)
Ringwood, Amy H. (committee member)
date
2011-09-08T08:36:01Z (accessioned)
2013-09-08T08:30:08Z (available)
2011 (issued)
degree
Biology (discipline)
embargo
2013-09-08 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/36156 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
UTTERBACKIA IMBECILLIS (BIVALVIA: UNIONIDAE) AS A BIOLOGICAL INDICATOR OF COPPER POLLUTION
type
Dissertation

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