9 papers of 66 top ecology, environment articles, selected.

9  papers of 66 top ecology articles, selected.

bioassay, biotesting, hazard assessment, surfactants, detergents, water quality, water safety, aquatic ecosystems, self-purification, filter-feeders, bivalves, macrophytes,

66 top articles:



Steps to a new ecology. Updated to 66 abstracts.  Top ecology articles. Top environmental science articles. Top water ecology papers. Top ecotoxicology papers, books. Tags: bioassay, biotesting, hazard assessment, surfactants, detergents, water quality, water safety, aquatic ecosystems, self-purification, filter-feeders, bivalves, macrophytes, aquatic higher plants, toxicity.

Abstracts, web-sites and references of 66 publications that contributed to innovations in environmental sciences, ecology, environmental safety and water sustainability, authored and co-authored by scientists at Moscow State University, and co-authors (USA, UK, Germany). 



Updated, Former file: 56 steps to a new ecology;


66 publications, some of them with comments on what is new, and what is done for the first time, with info on availability online or in U.S. libraries.

Key words:

Landmark publications, new step, innovations, discoveries, new conceptualization, new terminology, environmental, science, ecology, toxicology, water quality, safety, pollution control,


1.                          Innovative conceptualization of ecosystem’s biomachinery (a new scientific term that was proposed by the author; it means ecological mechanisms that include biological communities and biodiversity) which improves water quality. The innovative experimental data analysis, concepts, and generalizations in this article provide the fundamental elements of the new qualitative theory of biocontrol of water quality in a systematized form. The theory covers water self-purification in freshwater and marine ecosystems. The theory is supported by the results of the author’s experimental studies of the effects exerted by some chemical pollutants including synthetic surfactants, detergents, and other xenobiotics on aquatic organisms. The new fundamental conceptualization provides a basis for remediation of polluted aquatic ecosystems including purification of water bodies and streams, and briefly present the qualitative theory of the self-purification mechanism of aquatic ecosystems, phytoremediation and other types of technologies.


Biocontrol of Water Quality: Multifunctional Role of Biota in Water Self-Purification. – Russian Journal of General Chemistry, 2010, Vol. 80, No. 13, pp. 2754–2761; Abstract: http://www.chemeurope.com/en/publications/211554/biocontrol-of-water-quality-multifunctional-role-of-biota-in-water-self-purification.html;

Abstract: http://www.scribd.com/doc/75101299/

Full text: http://www.scribd.com/doc/49131150/;               www.scribd.com/doc/49131150; http://www.scribd.com/doc/73175163/; DOI: 10.1134/S1070363210130086;



2.                          Review of ecotoxicology of nanomaterials:

Ostroumov S.A., Kotelevtsev S.V. Toxicology of nanomaterials and environment. – Ecologica.  2011, vol. 18, issue 61, pp. 3-10.

               www.scribd.com/doc/58103094/; http://scipeople.ru/publication/102825/


3.                          A new conceptualization which is based on his suggestion to identify a new type of matter in the biosphere. The author called it «ex-living matter»  (ELM). The author discusses his experiments (together with his co-authors) which provide the factual foundation to this conceptualization;

Some issues of chemico-biotic interactions and the new in the teaching on the biosphere / series: Ecological Studies, Hazards, Solutions. Volume 17.  Moscow, MAX Press, 2011.  – 20 p. ISBN 978-5-317-03710-9.;

               http://scipeople.ru/publication/102875/; http://www.scribd.com/doc/57818520/

4.                          A review of the author’s studies of aquatic organisms, mainly marine and freshwater invertebrates that are filter-feeders – biological filters – as an important part of the biosphere and hydrosphere. The studies were conducted in laboratories of four countries.
Biological filters are an important part of the biosphere // Science in Russia. 2009. № 2. P. 30-36. [The journal ‘Science in Russia’ is published by the Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences, both in English and in Russian; Nauka Publishers, Moscow; ISSN 0869-7078. www.ras.ru, ©Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium.]Full text free:


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5.                          This paper formulated a fundamentally new solution to the problem of selecting criteria for identification and assessing environmental hazards of chemical pollutants, toxicants; the paper explains why the currently accepted set of criteria is non-efficient and leads to mistakes;
Criteria of ecological hazards due to anthropogenic effects on the biota:searching for a system. – Dokl. Biol. Sci. (Doklady Biological Sciences). 2000; 371: 204-206. Doklady Biological Sciences: ISSN PRINT: 0012-4966. ISSN ONLINE: 1608-3105.Full text online free:http://sites.google.com/site/2000dbs371p204criteria/;

http://www.scribd.com/doc/49065476/              www.scribd.com/doc/49088234;

Why this paper is useful: http://www.scribd.com/doc/60891549/;

Blog post:

Blog post on a closely related paper in Rivista di Biologia:

A closely related paper: A new set of criteria in order to answer the question was formulated in this paper: is a given chemical substance hazardous to environment or not?    Reference:

Ostroumov S.A.  Anthropogenic effects on the biota: towards a new system of principles and criteria for analysis of ecological hazards.- Riv Biol (Rivista di Biologia) 2003,  96(1):159-169. Review.

Full text online free:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/52636721/             PMID: 12852181 [PubMed – indexed; http://www.scribd.com/doc/52636721/3-System-of-Criteria;

key words:

innovation, new solution, criteria,  assessment, environmental, ecological, hazards, danger, chemical, pollutants, toxicants,


6.                          This paper is the first publication that considered an aquatic ecosystem as an analog of a bioreactor, with some specific features that were described in the paper.

This paper gave a revolutionary new insight into the core functions and identity of ecosystem as a bioreactor to maintain water quality;


An aquatic ecosystem: a large-scale diversified bioreactor with a water self-purification function. – Doklady Biological Sciences, 2000. Vol. 374, P. 514-516. Full text online free:   www.scribd.com/doc/49065542; http://www.scribd.com/doc/49069997;

7.                          This paper was the first that  discovered the multi-faceted role of the entire broad range of aquatic organisms of all main groups of biodiversity in water self-purification. The conclusion was made that the complex of all the organisms, the entire biota is a unique (both changeable and fragile)  part of the mechanism of ecosystem service to improve water quality;

The Concept of Aquatic Biota as a Labile and Vulnerable Component of the Water Self-Purification System. – Doklady Biological Sciences, Vol. 372, 2000, pp. 286–289.


8.                          It is the first paper that reported two new experimental results. First, the new author’s experiments measured the biota-driven fluxes of the matter and chemical elements in a model ecosystem.  Second, the authors got another innovative result: a discovery of effects of chemical pollutants. Namely, these biota-driven flows of the chemical elements were decreased by a chemical pollutant exemplified by a synthetic surfactant:

S. A. Ostroumov and M. P. Kolesnikov. Biocatalysis of Matter Transfer in a Microcosm Is Inhibited by a Contaminant: Effects of a Surfactant on Limnea stagnalis. [Lymnaea stagnalis] – Doklady Biological Sciences, Vol. 373, 2000, pp. 397–399. Translated from Doklady Akademii Nauk, Vol. 373, No. 2, 2000, pp. 278–280.

Variant of the title of the paper:

Biocatalysis of the matter transfer in a microcosm is inhibited by a contaminant: an effect of a surfactant on Lymnaea stagnalis. S. A. Ostroumov. – Dokl Biol Sci 2000,

Full text online free:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/49065530



9.                          The paper discovered new mechanisms triggering eutrophication and as a result, a  new solution to the problem of eutrophication:

The Synecological Approach to the Problem of Eutrophication. – Doklady Biological Sciences, 2001,  v.381, No.1-6; pp.559-562.

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DOI: 10.1023/A:1013378505630;