Ecotoxicity of zirconium oxide nanoparticles in relation to aquatic invertebrates

Monika Załęska-Radziwiłł , Nina Doskocz


The purpose of this study was to investigate the ecotoxicity of zirconium oxide nanoparticles to aquatic invertebrates and to compare the effect of activity of the nanoform with the macroform of this compound. The study was conducted using protozoans Tetrahymena thermophila, and crustaceans Thamnocephalus platyurus and Daphnia magna. Acute tests were performed: immobilization assay with the crustaceans and enzymatic assay with D. magna, as well as chronic tests; Growth assay with the protozoans and reproduction assay with D. magna. Nano-ZrO2 did not cause the immobilization of crustaceans within 48 h (D. magna) and 24 h (Thamnocephalus platyurus)—EC50 > 400 mg/L. However, the compound influenced enzymatic processes of the crustaceans in sublethal concentrations. EC50 in one-hour Fluotox test amounted to 153 mg/L. The largest harmfulness of zirconium oxide nanoparticles was shown in the chronic test with the use of T. thermophila. The value of EC50 after 24 h amounted to 12.83 mg/L and no observed effect concentrations (NOEC) ≤ 0.19 mg/L. The compound also inhibited the reproduction of crustaceans by 50% in the concentration of 96 mg/L, whereas NOEC was 0.78 mg/L. The conducted assays confirmed that the investigated nanocompound was more toxic for crustaceans than its molecular form.
Author Monika Załęska-Radziwiłł (FEE / DB)
Monika Załęska-Radziwiłł,,
- Department of Biology
, Nina Doskocz (FEE / DB)
Nina Doskocz,,
- Department of Biology
Journal seriesDesalination and Water Treatment, ISSN 1944-3994
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishZirconium oxide nanoparticles, Ecotoxicity, Aquatic invertebrates
ASJC Classification2310 Pollution; 2212 Ocean Engineering; 2312 Water Science and Technology
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 22-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 22-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 3; Scopus Citations = 4; GS Citations = 2.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.769; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.631 (2) - 2016=1.643 (5)
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