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Pulse disturbances to the colonization of hard-substrates and in situ determination of copper using diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT): Quantifying dose and response in the field

EL Johnston, JA Webb, MJ Keough



Studies conducted in Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia are described that examined the effect of experimentally elevated copper concentrations on the recruitment of epifauna to settlement plates. Simultaneous measurement of the copper concentration using diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) allowed direct comparisons to be made between the labile copper concentration measured at the settlement surface, and the biological effects observed. Copper concentrations created by the field dosing technique were between 20-30 micrograms l-1 for the first 2 d, but then dropped considerably for the following 4 d (3 micrograms l-1), and were indistinguishable from background for the final 7 d. The ..

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