Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology

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ISSN / EISSN : 16847318 / 25418963
Former Publisher: Saratov State University (10.18500)
Total articles ≅ 158
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R. A. Sukhodolskaya, D. N. Vavilov, T. A. Gordienko, T. R. Mukhametnabiev
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-99-114

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E. A. Zaytseva, M. M. Chunkov, K. Z. Omarov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-44-51

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E. A. Dzhayani
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-31-43

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N. V. Blagoveshenskaya, Ch. T. Zamaldinova, G. V. Funk
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-3-14

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V. S. Gromov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-15-30

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A. A. Zorina, E. A. Shuyskaya, I. V. Kurakina, V. P. Volkov, S. S. Ogurtsov, S. N. Stepanov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-52-65

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M. L. Sizemskaya, M. M. Elekesheva, M. K. Sapanov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-86-98

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Ye. V. Pleshakova, N. A. Zelenova, C. T. Ngun, M. V. Reshetnikov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2020-1-66-85

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E. A. Lushchay, D. E. Ivanov, E. I. Tikhomirova
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2019-4-458-469

The transformation of hazardous pollutants in the environment usually results in formation of hard-to-identify compounds that may have a significant impact on ecosystems. They are difficult to identify by conventional methods of quantitative chemical analysis, but their detrimental effects can be detected by biological methods. The goal of this study was to develop novel methodological approaches to the express assessment of the state of the environment as well as toxicity of its components in the process of biological monitoring at hazardous industrial facilities. The article presents the results of comprehensive toxicity assessment of environmental objects using originally developed system of express methods. The objects of research were water fleas (Daphnia magna Straus and Ceriodaphnia affinis Lilljeborg), infusoria (Paramecium caudatum), preparation of lyophilized fluorescent bacteria based on recombinant Escherichia coli strain M-17 (Ecolum), algae (Chlorella vulgaris Beijer, Scenedesmus quadricauda (Turp.) Breb.), and mammalian gonads. The original methods for determining toxicity by changing the motor activity of water fleas at elevated temperatures of the studied environment are described. The description of the following original utility models is presented: “Method of bioassay for water samples and device for its implementation”, “Device for express assessment of natural environment quality” and “Device for comprehensive assessment of natural environment quality”, confirmed by the patents of the Russian Federation. Their use may significantly reduce the cost of ecotoxicological studies in terms of time and money expenditures. The effectiveness of the system of express methods was established during a biological monitoring of a sanitary protection zone of the Balakovo NPP. Toxicity of the samples of bottom sediments, soil, as well as water samples from the cooler pond and the adjacent water area of the Saratov reservoir were identified. The bioassay results were matched by both conventional methods’ results and originally developed system of express methods.
N. A. Shchipanov
Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology; doi:10.35885/1684-7318-2019-4-503-523

Small mammals are an active component of ecosystems that supports energy and matter flows and they are responsible for both construction of and maintaining their habitat. Such activity is vital for human prosperity, as it supports the chemical and physical quality of the environment where the human is adapted as a biological species. The contemporary human activity has resulted in destruction of a number of natural habitats and, as a consequence, in drastic changes in the species abundance. Some species have become so abundant that pose problems for human health, agriculture, and industries. Some formerly common and even pest small mammals, on the contrary, have reduced in distribution and numbers and now fall in the category of vulnerable species. In both cases, ecologically-based management of populations is required to maintain an optimal abundance of various species. Effective ecologically-based management of populations could be based on the basic principles of population ecology. It implies our understanding of both external and internal factors affecting the population abundance. Here, I review some fundamental principles which could be applied to operational management of populations. Also, I focus on some specifics of population reactions which have been elaborated in the Russian ecological school. Based on the well-known principles of supporting the numbers of populations, I propose a classification of species in terms of their ability to provide and change the type of functions in local populations. My classification allows distinguishing three groups of species with predictable resilience of population. Fitted to various environmental instabilities, the species of these groups require different conservation tactics.