PARAWARM

From communities to individuals: development of an early warning system to assess the relationship between climate warming and pollution in European freshwater ecosystems

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN 

 Organization address address: UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 2
city: ESSEN
postcode: 45141

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Kirsten
Cognome: Gercek
Email: send email
Telefono: -1832256
Fax: -1833417

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Germany [DE]
 Totale costo 161˙563 €
 EC contributo 161˙563 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008
 Funding Scheme MC-IEF
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-03-01   -   2010-11-30

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

 Organization address address: UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 2
city: ESSEN
postcode: 45141

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Kirsten
Cognome: Gercek
Email: send email
Telefono: -1832256
Fax: -1833417

DE (ESSEN) coordinator 161˙563.92

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structure    parasite    hypothesis    warning    parasites    context    forecast    temperature    communities    interaction    environmental    climate    metabolism    mediated    patterns    pollution    model    effect    freshwater    linking    pollutant    metal    host    fish    community   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The project addresses the interaction between parasitism and pollution in the context of climate change using parasites in freshwater fish as a model early warning system for altered environmental conditions by the application of a two-fold approach. First, a comparative assessment of the effect of temperature on parasite population and community structure dynamics will be carried out using ‘matched pairs’ control-impact design in a ‘natural experiment’ setup to test the ‘parasite numerical response’ hypothesis. Simultaneously, structural patterns in a free-living freshwater system, macrozoobentic communities, will be evaluated. Secondly, using the same sampling design the hypothesis of temperature-mediated alteration of pollutant metabolism will be tested by a comparative evaluation of the rates of toxic metal accumulation in selected dominant parasite and benthic invertebrate species. Identification of temporal and spatial patterns of abundance and community structure at different thermal regimes is the key to forecast the impacts of climate change on parasite communities in fish in European freshwater ecosystems. Further, linking ecological data to pollutant metabolism will provide novel insights on the response of parasite communities to environmental change which may help predict possible outcomes of host-parasite interaction and forecast minimum index values to detect pollution in the context of the effect of global warming. The novelty of the proposed research lies in its trans-disciplinary approach linking advanced ecology and ecotoxicology concepts and methods. The quantification of the response to increased ambient temperature of the model organism groups relates not solely to issues fundamental to assessment of climate-mediated community level alterations and host-parasite interactions but to wider conceptual and applied domains such as synergism and/or antagonism among multiple stressors and pollution risk analysis using model indicator systems.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Freshwater fish parasites can be used as an early warning system for the adverse effects of metal pollution combined with a changing climate.

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