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Hi there and welcome to our new blog site for the Water Sciences Group at the University of Birmingham. We are a group of researchers who are interested in all things watery from ecology to water chemistry to hydrology and on! We hope that this page will be a place where we can discuss issues and advances in the science, provide some details of the research that we are doing and keep everyone informed of conferences, publications and such like that are coming up. Please feel free to post as much or as little as you want.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Publication

A new article has been published in Environmental Pollution demonstrating the toxicity of silver nanoparticles to Lemna minor (or duckweed) which is a key component of the river ecosystem.  An experimental approach was used to investigate the effect of both concentration and size of silver nanoparticles to the plant under test conditions.  Growth measurements proved that the nps were toxic at low concentrations and that size of the np was important.
·         Silver nanoparticles wer shown to pose a potential environmental risk based on modelled environmental concentrations.

Gubbins, E., Batty, L.C., Lead, J.R. 2011 Phytotoxicity of silver nanoparticles to Lemna minor L. Environmental Pollution 159, 1551-1559

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