Transfer of environmental pollutants to food. Phytoremediation studies

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In our group we work in two areas related to the transfer of pollutants present in the environment to the food produced in it and the remediation of these environments using native plants.

One of the goals of our project is seeking to obtain evidence from the pollution of natural resources and their transfer to food.

Study the effect of environmental pollutants on plants and animals destined for human consumption, which are part of the affected biota, which can bioaccumulate or translocate pollutants until they lodge in the edible part such as milk, fish muscles, green leafy vegetables, etc. In addition, they can transmit this environmental pollutants to the human being, when consumed as food.Our group has proved experience using both analytical chemistry and biomarkers to assess the presence and effects of diverse environmental pollutants. The present project looks to add scientific knowledge based on the use of trace elements (TE) and stable isotopes to trace the pollution from its origin to the final target; so, complementing our previous research and developing new, state of the art, knowledge on the origin of pollutants and their follow up through the food web to humans.

On the other hand, in recent years the restoration of contaminated environments has been directed towards the search for low-cost and easy-to-implement technologies. In this context, the use of native plant species for waste treatment (phytoremediation) has become an alternative tool of enormous potential. Our project limits the study to evaluating the ability of native aquatic macrophytes to accumulate / degrade veterinary antibiotics (VA) and metals in aquatic systems, either in single or combined exposures, in laboratory scale trials. Underlining the importance of considering the behavior of metals when presented simultaneously with organic pollutants.

Potential human health risks from metals and As via Odontesthes bonariensis consumption and ecological risk assessments in a eutrophic lake” Monferrán, M.V*, Garnero, P, Wunderlin, D.A, Bistoni, M.A.  Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 129 (2016) 302-310.

“From water to edible fish. Transfer of metals and metalloids in the San Roque Reservoir (Córdoba, Argentina). Implications associated with fish consumption” Monferrán, M.V, Garnero, P, Bistoni, M.A, Anbar, A.A, Gordon, G.W, Wunderlin, D.A. Ecological Indicators 63 (2016) 48-60.

“Sensitive biomarker responses of the shrimp Palaemonetes argentine sexposed to chlorpyrifos at environmental concentrations: Roles ofalpha-tocopherol and metallothioneins” Bertrand, Lidwina; Monferrán, Magdalena Victoria, Mouneyrac Catherined,Bonansea, Rocío, Asis Ramón, Amé, María Valeria. Aquatic Toxicology 179 (2016) 72–81.

“Bioaccumulation and biochemical response in South America native species exposed to Zn: Booster regression tress as novel tool for biomarker selection” Bertrand, Lidwina; Asis, Ramón; Monferrán, Magdalena Victoria*, Amé, María Valeria.  Ecological Indicators (2016) Ecological Indicators 67 (2016) 769–778.

“Metals, As and Se determination by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in edible fish collected from three eutrophic reservoirs. Their consumption represents a risk for human health?”. Julieta Griboff, Daniel Alberto Wunderlin, Magdalena Victoria Monferrán*. Microchemical Journal 130 (2017) 236–244.

“Changes in the phenolic profile of Argentinean fresh grapes during production of sun-dried raisins”. Fabani, M.P., Baroni, M.V., Luna, L., Lingua, M.S., Monferran, M.V., Paños, H., Tapia, A., Wunderlin, D.A., Feresin, G.E. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 58 (2017)  23-32. 

“Can a low concentration of an organophosphate insecticide cause negative effects on an  aquatic macrophyte? Exposure of Potamogeton pusillus at environmentally relevant chlorpyrifos concentrations” Bertrand, L., Marino, DJ., Monferrán, M.V., Amé, M.V. Environmental and Experimental Botany 138 (2017) 139–147.

“Bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of metals, As and Se through a freshwater food web in Córdoba, Argentina” Julieta Griboff, Micha Horacek. Daniel Alberto Wunderlin, Magdalena Victoria Monferrán*. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf.  148 (2018) 275–284.

“Phytofiltration of As3+, As5+, and Hg by the aquatic macrophyte Potamogeton pusillus L, and its potential use in the treatment of wastewater” Julieta Griboff, Daniel Alberto Wunderlin, Magdalena Victoria Monferrán*. International Journal of Phytoremediation. 20:9 (2018), 914-921.

“Development of a Method for the Elemental Analysis of Milk Powders Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and its Potential Use in Geographic Sourcing. Tricia Hoffman, Radojko Jaćimović, Lian Jie Bay, Julieta Griboff, Marta Jagodic, Magdalena Monferrán, Nives Ogrinc, Ivan Podkolzin, Daniel Wunderlin, Jose Almirall. Talanta 186 (2018) 670-677.

“Native crustacean species as a bioindicator of freshwater ecosystem pollution: A multivariate and integrative study of multi-biomarker response in active river monitoring” Bertrand, L., Monferrán, M.V., Mouneyrac Catherine., Amé, M.V. Chemosphere 206 (2018) 265–277.

“Differential biochemical responses to metals/metalloids accumulation in organs of an edible fish (Centropomus parallelus) from neotropical estuaries”. Souza I., Morozesk M., Bonomo M., Azevedo V., Sakuragui M., Elliott M., Matumoto S.T., Wunderlin D.A., Baroni M.V., Monferrán M.V., Fernandes M.N.* Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 161 (2018) 260–269.

"Interrogating pollution sources in a mangrove food web using multiple stable isotopes." Iara da C. Souza, Hiulana P. Arrivabene, Carol-Ann Craig, Andrew Midwood, India Weidle, Barry Thornton, Diego da C. Souza, Silvia T. Matsumoto, Michael Elliott, Daniel A. Wunderlin*, Magdalena V. Monferrán, Marisa N. Fernandes. Science of the Total Environment 640–641 (2018) 501–511.

”Assessment of metals, As and Se in water and sediment and their bioaccumulation in fish species from different diet and habitat” Paola L Garnero; Magdalena V Monferran; Germán A González; Julieta Griboff, María de los Angeles Bistoni. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 163 (2018) 492–501.

“Usefulness of a freshwater macrophyte (Potamogeton pusillus) for an environmental risk assessment in a multi-source contaminated basin”. Lidwina Bertrand; Magdalena M Monferrán; María E Valdés; María Valeria Amé. CHEMOSPHERE 222 (2019) 1003-1016.

“Multielemental + Isotopic Fingerprint Enables Linking Soil, Water, Forage and Milk Composition, Assessing the Geographical Origin of Argentinean Milk”. Julieta Griboff, Verónica Baroni, Micha Horacek. Daniel Alberto Wunderlin, Magdalena Victoria Monferrán*. FOOD CHEMISTRY 283 (2019) 549-558.

“Nanoparticle transport and sequestration: intracellular titanium dioxide nanoparticles in a neotropical fish” Iara da C. Souza, Hiulana P. Arrivabene, Carol-Ann Craig, Andrew Midwood, India Weidle, Barry Thornton, Diego da C. Souza, Silvia T. Matsumoto, Michael Elliott, Daniel A. Wunderlin*, Magdalena V. Monferrán, Marisa N. Fernandes. Science of the Total Environment 658 (2019) 798-808.

“Multilevel and structural equation modeling approach to identify spatiotemporal patterns and source characterization of metals and metalloids in surface water and sediment of the Ctalamochita River in Pampa region, Argentina” Leonardo Lupi, Lidwina Bertrand; Magdalena V Monferrán; María Valeria Amé; María del Pilar Díaz. Journal of Hydrology 572 (2019) 403–413.

“Distribution and bioaccumulation of 12 trace elements in water, sediment and tissues of the main fishery from different environments of the La Plata basin (South America): Risk assessment for human consumption” Esteban Avigliano, Magdalena V. Monferrán, Sebastián Sánchez, Daniel A. Wunderlin, Joaquin Gastaminza y Alejandra V. Volpedo. Chemosphere 236 (2019) 124394.

“δ15N as an indicator of suitable freshwater systems for edible fish production” Julieta Griboff, Horacek Micha, Daniel Alberto Wunderlin, María Valeria Amé y Magdalena Victoria Monferrán*. Ecological Indicators 108 (2019) 105743.

“Trace elements concentrations in six fish species from freshwater lentic environments and evaluation of possible health risks according to international standards of consumption”. Paola L Garnero, María de los Angeles Bistoni y Magdalena V Monferran*. Environmental Science Pollution Research. (2020) In press.

Laboratory Chief

Monferran, Magdalena

Monferran, Magdalena

Magdalena V. Monferran. Independent Researcher (CONICET). Adjunct Professor (UNC)


Magdalena Monferran is Biochemist and PhD in Chemistry graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the National University of Córdoba.

She did her postdoctoral work between 2007 and 2009 at the Faculty of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of the National University of Córdoba.

Since 2009 she is member of the Research Career of CONICET, currently as Independent Investigator.