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Review Article

Responses of Freshwater Zooplankton as Biological Indicators to the Aquatic Chemical Properties

Jaber Bin Abdul Bari1, Md. Saiful Islam1, Sanjida Akter Nisa1, Naznin Akter Tisha2, Irina Mashkova3, Najmus Sakib Khan1

1. Department of Oceanography, Noakhali Science & Technology University, Bangladesh.
2. Department of Fisheries Biology & Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University.
3. Department of Chemistry, South Ural State University, Russia.


Article History

Received: 02 July 2021, Revised: 25 August 2021, Accepted: 30 August 2021, Published online: 24 October 2021


Zooplankton are found very sensitive to even slight aquatic pollution due to a number of chemical imbalances in freshwater bodies. As an amazing tiny creature zooplankton play a very crucial role in the aquatic food chain by transferring energy from primary levels to tertiary organisms. For many years it has been well established that zooplankton act as promising biological indicators to continuously fluctuating aquatic environments and subsequently to global warming. While reacting to these aquatic environmental fluctuations, zooplankton population growth can either be stimulated or inhibited. The presence or absence of particular zooplankton species can reveal the trophic status of the water body. Moreover, in a harsh environment, algal toxins may have drastic effects on the behavioral characteristics of zooplankton.


Zooplankton, Bioindicator, Trophic status, Allelochemicals, Chemical fluctuations.

Corresponding Author

Najmus Sakib Khan


Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest.

To Cite the Article

Bari JBA, Islam MS, Nisa SA, Tisha NA, Mashkova I, Khan NS. Responses of freshwater zooplankton as biological indicators to the aquatic chemical properties. Current Environment. 2021;1:9-14.