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Opportunities and challenges in incorporating benthic foraminifera in marine and coastal environmental biomonitoring of soft sediments: from science to regulation and practice

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Sousa, S. H. M. [1] ; Yamashita, C. [1] ; Semensatto Jr, D. L. ; Santarosa, A. C. A. [1] ; Iwai, F. S. [1] ; Omachi, C. Y. [1] ; Disaro, S. T. [2] ; Martins, M. V. A. [3, 4] ; Barbosa, C. F. [5] ; Bonetti, C. H. C. [6] ; Vilela, C. G. [7] ; Laut, L. [8] ; Turra, A. [1] ; Grp, BIOFOM
Total Authors: 14
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Oceanog, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Parana, Museu Ciencias Nat SCB, Curitiba, Parana - Brazil
[3] Univ Estado Rio de Janeiro, Fac Geol, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[4] Univ Aveiro, Dept Geociencias, GeoBioTec, Aveiro - Portugal
[5] Univ Fed Fluminense, Ctr Estudos Gerais, Inst Quim, Niteroi, RJ - Brazil
[6] Univ Fed Santa Catarina, Campus Univ, Florianopolis, SC - Brazil
[7] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Inst Geociencias, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[8] Univ Fed Estado Rio de Janeiro, Inst Biociencias, UNIRIO, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY ENVIRONMENTS; v. 5, n. 2, p. 257-265, JUN 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Scientific studies have demonstrated the usefulness of benthic foraminifera as bioindicators to assess the health of marine, coastal, and transitional ecosystems. Similar to macrofauna, these organisms are reliable proxies for biomonitoring. Despite recent scientific advances, Brazilian official monitoring plans using biotic indices on coastal and ocean environments with soft sediment areas remain mostly restricted to a few types of organisms. Therefore, to include benthic foraminifera in Brazilian biomonitoring routines regulated by national environmental guidelines and standards, the paper presents the challenges, which must be overcome, some recommendations and steps to move forward to implement foraminifera as bioindicators in biomonitoring routines. In light of it, it is essential to consider the contribution of the Brazilian foraminiferal research in this implementation process, improving ecological quality indices, adapting methods, and applying genetics tools. This paper is a step in this direction, which aims to strengthen the role of benthic foraminifera as a reliable tool in Brazilian biomonitoring. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/00427-5 - Living benthic foraminifera vertical distribution at mud-belts in the southwestern margin of the South Atlantic Ocean: faunal response to redox condition and organic matter input.
Grantee:Cintia Yamashita
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/20639-0 - Biomonitoring workshop in Brazil: Foraminifera and their use in environmental assessment
Grantee:Silvia Helena de Mello e Sousa
Support type: Research Grants - Organization of Scientific Meeting