Marine Algae As Bioindicators Of Pollution Levels In The Arabian Gulf

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Title: Marine Algae As Bioindicators Of Pollution Levels In The Arabian Gulf
Author: Kureishy, Tariq W.
Abstract: The extensive distribution of several marine macroalgal species makes them a potential bioindicator tool for monitoring existing levels of different types of marine pollutants in the region. The present work illustrates the importance of a few widely distributed species of marine algae in depicting the levels of some toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons along the Qatari and Saudi Arabian shores. Results indicate a strong bioaccumulation potential in these species for both heavy metals and hydrocarbons. A similar monitoring scheme using these identified species could very well be extended to other areas in the Gulf in order to form a comprehensive monitoring plan for the region. This field study also highlights the potential for removal of pollutants by algae as they are washed ashore in large quantities in the region.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10576/10341
Date: 1995

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