Biocontrol of water quality: Multifunctional role of biota in water self-purification

Biocontrol of water quality: Multifunctional role of biota in water self-purification

DOI 10.1134/S1070363210130086;;

Russian Journal of General Chemistry;2010, Volume 80, Issue 13, pp. 2754-2761; Biocontrol of water quality: Multifunctional role of biota in water self-purification.
S. A. Ostroumov, Moscow State University;

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Russian Journal of General Chemistry;

2010Volume 80Issue 13pp. 2754-2761;

Biocontrol of water quality: Multifunctional role of biota in water self-purification.


Review, opinion paper. The experimental data analysis, concepts, and generalizations in this article provide the fundamental elements of the qualitative theory of biocontrol  (biological control, biological regulation, role of biological community) 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 theory 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. This theory is useful to develop phytoremediation and other types of innovative  technologies to improve water quality.

Original Russian Text © S.A. Ostroumov, 2010, published in Ekologicheskaya Khimiya, 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 197–204.

Sergei Andreevich Ostroumov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.), Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Physico-Chemistry of Biomembranes, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Scientific areas of focus: chemico-biological interactions, aquatic ecology, biochemical ecology.

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On the multifunctional role of the biota in the self-purification of aquatic ecosystems

On the multifunctional role of the biota in the self-purification of aquatic ecosystems. -RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 2005, 36 (6): 414-420.




Russian Journal of Ecology

Ostroumov S.A. On the multifunctional role of the biota in the self-purification of aquatic ecosystems. -RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 2005, 36 (6): 414-420.

Review. Opinion paper.

Presentation of the author’s innovative and multifaceted conceptualization of how almost all main groups of aquatic organisms function together toward making water clear and clean. This paper formulated a new theory of ecological self-purification of water.

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Title: On the multifunctional role of the biota in the self-purification of aquatic ecosystems.

Author: Ostroumov S.A.

Source: RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 2005, Volume: 36,   Issue: 6,   Pages: 414-420,

DOI: 10.1007/s11184-005-0095-x;

Published: NOV-DEC 2005;

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Ostroumov S.A. On the multifunctional role of the biota in the self-purification of aquatic ecosystems. -RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 2005, 36 (6): 414-420.

KEY WORDS: review, water, self-purification, theory, aquatic, ecosystems, organisms, water quality, freshwater, marine, water objects, water bodies, water streams, sustainability

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Comment in Russian:

Обзор новых экспериментальных результатов и публикаций автора. Изложение концепции автора о совместном функционировании практически всех основных групп водных организмов  с результатом поддержания чистоты и прозрачности воды. Сформулирована новая теория экологического самоочищения воды, многофакторной роли организмов в поддержании и улучшении качества воды, в поддержании стабильности водных местообитаний.

Ключевые слова: вода, самоочищение воды, теория, водная, экология, экосистемы, организмы, качество воды, пресная вода, морская, водные объекты, водоёмы, водотоки, экологическая устойчивость