Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2002, pp. 62–64. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 1, 2002, pp. 67–69. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Naidenko, Grechkanev. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS The State of Components of the Biota as an Indicator of Disturbances in Natural Ecosystems Exposed to Petrochemical Pollution V. V. Naidenko and O. M. Grechkanev Nizhni Novgorod State Architectural University, ul. Il’inskaya 65, Nizhni Novgorod, 603600 Russia Received July 12, 2000 Key words: petroleum chemistry, pollution, morbidity, bioindication, ground beetles, morphometry, control. The AO NORSI Oil Company plant, located 30 km tion and mineralization of protein and carbohydrate away from Nizhni Novgorod, is among the largest Rus- compounds (Khot’ko, 1982). sian oil-processing and petrochemical plants. The Hazardous industrial emissions may affect soil ani- annual technological loss of production, mostly in the mals through direct contact, when the animals consume form of controlled and accidental gas emissions, pollutants with food or inhale their vapors; in addition, amounts to approximately 1%. Notwithstanding the they may exert an indirect toxic effect by changing the introduction of new, nature-friendly technologies, the composition and nutrition value of food (Khot’ko and annual volume of hazardous emissions into the atmo- Vetrova, 1982). sphere exceeds 30
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