Limited effects of increased CO2 and temperature on metal and radionuclide bioaccumulation in a sessile invertebrate, the oyster Crassostrea gigas

Belivermis M., Warnau M., Metian M., Oberhaensli F., Teyssie J., Lacoue-Labarthe T.

ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, vol.73, no.3, pp.753-763, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 73 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv236
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.753-763
  • Keywords: bioaccumulation, in vitro digestion, metal, ocean acidification, Pacific oyster, radiotracer, OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, ENERGY-METABOLISM, COMMON CUTTLEFISH, TRACE-METALS, SEA-WATER, IMPACT, SPECIATION, BIVALVES, SEAWATER, PCO(2)
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated the combined effects of reduced pH and increased temperature on the capacities of the Pacific cupped oyster Crassostrea gigas to bioconcentrate radionuclide and metals. Oysters were exposed to dissolved radiotracers (Ag-110m, Am-241, Cd-109, Co-57, Mn-54, and Zn-65) at three pH (7.5,7.8,8.1) and two temperatures (21 and 24 degrees C) under controlled laboratory conditions. Although calcifying organisms are recognized as particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, the oyster did not accumulate differently the studied metals when exposed under the different pH conditions. However, temperature alone or in combination with pH somewhat altered the bioaccumulation of the studied elements. At pH 7.5, Cd was accumulated with an uptake rate constant twofold higher at 24 degrees C than 21 degrees C. Bioaccumulation of Mn was significantly affected by an interactive effect between seawater pH and temperature, with a decreased uptake rate at pH 7.5 when temperature increased (27 +/- 1 vs. 17 +/- 1 d(-1) at 21 and 24 degrees C, respectively). Retention of Co and Mn tended also to decrease at the same pH with decreasing temperature. Neither pH nor temperature affected strongly the elements distribution between shell and soft tissues. Significant effects of pH were found on the bioaccessibility of Mn, Zn, and Am-241 during experimental in vitro simulation of human digestion.