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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Print ISSN 1070-3632; Online ISSN 1608-3350;

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Amazing grace: nature’s machine to treat water, to purify water

Amazing grace: nature’s machine to treat water, to purify water

The series of publications authored by Dr. S.A. Ostroumov (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow University) discovered the ecosystem’s machinery that functions as a hi-tech mechanism to make water clear and pure, safe for human consumption. This was a secret of water quality and sustainability. This secret was discovered.  In the table given at some of the sites mentioned below, the reference to the key publications are given. Also, examples are given of the papers that cited  Dr. S. Ostroumov’s works.   These works were cited by experts and scientists from countries as diverse as U.S.A., France, U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Australia, Argentina, China, India…

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