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Cadmium Toxicity Towards Marine Diatom Thalassiosira sp. and its Alteration on Chlorophyll-a and Carotenoid Content

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Cadmium is one of the non-essential metals that have toxic effects on aquatic organisms, including diatoms. Diatoms play significant important roles in the aquatic environment, hence, the presence of cadmium will have a significance growth inhibition to its abundance. In this paper, we tried to clarify the effects of cadmium on growth, chlorophyll-a and carotenoid contents of the diatom Thalassiosira sp. Growth inhibition of the phytoplankton was determined following exposure for 96h to several different concentrations of cadmium solutions in an experiment adapted from ASEAN-Canada CPMS II. Our work shows that IC50 of growth and chlorophyll-a was around 0.32 mg/L and 0.914 mg/L, respectively. In addition, Lowest Observed Effect Concentration (LOEC) and No Observed Effect Concentration (NOEC) were 0.18 mg/L and 0.1 mg/L, respectively. In conclusion, cadmium inhibits the growth, as well as the photosynthetic pigment contents of Thalassiosira sp.
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  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Life Science, Surya University, South Tangerang, Indonesia
  • Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesiaan Institute of Science, North Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Fisheries Department, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Sumedang, Indonesia
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