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Implications of copper (Cu) on estuarine ecosystem functioning

Many antifouling paints, applied to ships’ hulls and other marine structures, contain copper (Cu) as an active ingredient. As a result many European waterways are becoming increasingly Cu contaminated. This work is investigating the effects of Cu on the microbial community structure of estuarine sediment.

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Shifts in the natural abundance δ13C signatures of estuarine PLFAs with increased copper

Who is working in this area?

Nia Gray

Andy Midwood

Barry Thornton

Daniel Mayor (Oceanlab)


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