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Effects of two stressors on amphibian larval development
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Systems Ecology.
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2012 (English)In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, ISSN 0147-6513, E-ISSN 1090-2414, Vol. 79, 283-287 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In parallel with a renewed interest in nuclear power and its possible environmental impacts, a new environmental radiation protection system calls for environmental indicators of radiological stress. However, because environmental stressors seldom occur alone, this study investigated the combined effects of an ecological stressor (larval density) and an anthropogenic stressor (ionizing radiation) on amphibians. Scaphiopus holbrookii tadpoles reared at different larval densities were exposed to four low irradiation dose rates (0.13, 2.4, 21, and 222 mGy d(-1)) from Cs-137 during the sensitive period prior to and throughout metamorphosis. Body size at metamorphosis and development rate served as fitness correlates related to population dynamics. Results showed that increased larval density decreased body size but did not affect development rate. Low dose rate radiation had no impact on either endpoint.

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2012. Vol. 79, 283-287 p.
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Cs-137 exposure, Larval density, Scaphiopus holbrookii, Multiple stressors, Low dose rate, Radiation effects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76066DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2012.01.014ISI: 000302107000038OAI: diva2:525555
5Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-08Bibliographically approved

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