Hydrobiologia 469: 203–204, 2002. S.A. Ostroumov, S.C. McCutcheon & C.E.W. Steinberg (eds), Ecological Processes and Ecosystems. © 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Polyfunctional role of biodiversity in processes leading to water puriﬁcation: current conceptualizations and concluding remarks S.A. Ostroumov Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University, 119899 Moscow, Russia E-mail: email@example.com Key words: water puriﬁcation, self-puriﬁcation, biodiversity, pollutants Introduction (3.8) a network of regulatory processes when cer- tain organisms control or inﬂuence other organisms Sustainable use of aquatic resources is based on the involved in water puriﬁcation. ability of aquatic ecosystems to maintain a certain Living organisms are involved in physical, level of water quality. Water self-puriﬁcation in both physico-chemical and chemical processes 1.1–1.6 and freshwater and marine ecosystems is based on a num- 2.1–2.6 directly or through excretion of oxygen or ber of interconnected processes (e.g. Wetzel, 1983; organic metabolites, production of suspended matter, Spellman, 1996; Ostroumov, 1998, 2000). Among affecting turbidity, temperature of water or other para- them are: meters of the ecosystem. As a result, living organisms (1) physical and physico-chemical processes, in- are the core component of the multitude of processes cluding: (1.1) solution and dilution of pollutants; (1.2) of
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