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|Title:||Joint Effects of Nutrients and Contaminants on the Dynamics of a Food Chain in Marine Ecosystems|
|Authors:||BACELAR Flora; DUERI SIBYLLE; HERNANDEZ GARCIA Emilio; ZALDIVAR COMENGES Jose'|
|Citation:||MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES vol. 218 no. 1 p. 24-32|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||We analyze the joint effect of contaminants and nutrient loading on population dynamics of marine food chains by means of bifurcation analysis. Contaminant toxicity is assumed to alter mortality of some species with a sigmoidal dose¿response relationship. A generic effect of pollutants is to delay transitions to complex dynamical states towards higher nutrient load values, but more counterintuitive consequences arising from indirect effects are described. In particular, the top predator seems to be the species more affected by pollutants, even when contaminant is toxic only to lower trophic levels.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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