What is it about?
We are seeing water pollution on the rise. Biological monitoring of water is therefore becoming increasingly important. Water bugs have so far been little involved in this task. In this article, we review the reasons for this and suggest areas where water bugs could be useful organisms for water biomonitoring.
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Why is it important?
Water bugs may be sensitive to types of water contamination to which other groups are not or not so sensitive, such as cadmium and mercury contamination or salinisation. Moreover, water bugs can also be used in new areas such as sound pollution of water bodies.
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This page is a summary of: Pollution impacts on water bugs (Nepomorpha, Gerromorpha): state of the art and their biomonitoring potential, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, March 2022, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-022-09961-2.
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Seven decades of monitoring the aquatic bug fauna of Lake Balaton (Heteroptera: Nepomorpha)
Detailed faunistic data originating from four sampling series of aquatic Heteroptera (Nepomorpha) in Lake Balaton (the largest shallow lake in Central Europe) between 1928 and 2002 were analysed. Micronecta spp. seem to be promising candidates for long-term monitoring of environmental changes of lakes.
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