Djuradj Milošević

Djuradj Milošević
University of Niš | NIS · Department of Biology and Ecology

PhD

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September 2009 - present
University of Niš
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Publications (90)
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Cyanobacteria and their toxic metabolites present a global threat to water habitats, but their impact on aquatic organisms in a multistress environment has been poorly investigated. Here we present the results of a survey on the effects of the toxic cyanobacterial strain Trichormus variabilis (heterotypic synonym Anabaena variabilis), and its toxic...
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Plankton communities constitute an important part of the biodiversity in shallow lentic ecosystems (SLEs). Understanding their diversity responses to increasing human pressure is required for the effective management of SLEs. Here we assessed the relationship between different properties of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities (abundance, taxo...
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Local environmental factors and dispersal-based processes can both influence the structure of metacommunities in freshwater ecosystems. Describing these patterns is especially important for biomonitoring approaches that are based on inferences made from benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages. Here, we examine the metacommunity structure of chironomi...
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The study is focused on diatom communities as indicators of the water quality of aquatic ecosystems. The study included watercourses of the Timok River Basin in eastern Serbia. Sampling of algological material and physico-chemical measurements were conducted at 30 locations in September 2016. Non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) showed that c...
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It is unclear which environmental drivers are the most important in determining diversity and composition of epiphytic macroinvertebrate communities in ponds undergoing intensification of human impact. Here we tested the effects of different co-occurring human activities (i.e., agricultural land-use, waste disposal, highway proximity, and gravel ex...
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The exposure of environmentally relevant concentrations of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles can lead to deformation of important physical structures of aquatic midges, which can be detected by novel geometric morphometric approach.
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Geometric morphometrics, histopathology and comet assay have great potential as methods for defining biomarkers of pollutant toxicity.
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The ubiquitous presence of microplastics (MP) in aquatic ecosystems can affect organisms and communities in multiple ways. While MP research on aquatic organisms has primarily focused on marine ecosystems and laboratory experiments, the community-level effects of MP in freshwaters, especially in lakes, are poorly understood. To examine the impact o...
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Different types of water bodies in lowland river floodplains represent vital biodiversity havens and encompass diverse microhabitats, which are essential for structuring different macroinvertebrate communities. Chironomidae larvae (Diptera) are an inseparable part of these communities, with their high richness and abundance. In three water body typ...
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The current global rates of human impact intensification in freshwater ecosystems and their surroundings have caused an alarming loss of freshwater biodiversity and functioning across multiple trophic levels. Particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic pressures are small water bodies (SWB). However, the majority of the evidence is limited to a single...
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Wetland ecosystems are recognized to play a crucial role in the conservation of fish biodiversity. River-associated wetlands are characterized by a high diversity of fishes as they use that type of aquatic ecosystem as a refuge for breeding, feeding, and nesting purposes at one or the other stages of their life cycle. This chapter aims to present f...
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The small water bodies such as headwater streams, springs, ditches, small lakes, and ponds are critical to maintaining freshwater biodiversity. This is especially true for Dinaric karst, where they are often the only water bodies present. However, despite their importance, they remain widely overlooked and excluded from government policies like the...
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The study was conducted on the Danube River, within the project Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3). The main aim was to estimate the quantity of microplastics in aquatic ecosystems through passive biological monitoring. Three freshwater species were used for microplastic (MP) isolation from different taxonomic groups of organisms: Mollusca, Oligochaeta,...
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The analysis of community structure in studies of freshwater ecology often requires the application of dimensionality reduction to process multivariate data. A high number of dimensions (number of taxa/environmental parameters x number of samples), nonlinear relationships, outliers, and high variability usually hinder the visualization and interpre...
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Batušinac ponds are situated in southeastern Serbia, near the Južna Morava River. In this study we compared benthic macroinvertebrate community structures of the river and three ponds located at contrasting distances from the river in order to assess the impact of the river proximity on benthic macroinvertebrate community structures in Batušinac po...
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As complex mosaics of lotic, lentic, and terrestrial habitats, intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) support high biodiversity. Despite their ecological importance, IRES are poorly represented in routine monitoring programs, but recent recognition of their considerable—and increasing—spatiotemporal extent is motivating efforts to better...
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Shallow lentic ecosystems (SLEs) encompass various waterbodies that represent a valuable source of freshwater biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services. They are distributed across different landscapes, and thus can be exposed to a wide range of simultaneous stressors. Zooplankton diversity has been recommended for assessing the wate...
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Shallow lentic ecosystems (SLEs) encompass various waterbodies that represent a valuable source of freshwater biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services. They are distributed across different landscapes, and thus can be exposed to a wide range of simultaneous stressors. Zooplankton diversity has been recommended for assessing the wate...
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As increased growth and development put pressure on freshwater systems in Arctic environments, there is a need to maintain a meaningful and feasible framework for monitoring water quality. A useful tool for monitoring the ecological health of aquatic systems is by means of the analysis and inferences made from benthic invertebrates in a biomonitori...
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Benthic communities contain some of the most threatened organisms in aquatic habitats due to different anthropogenic pressures. The high abundance of microplastics (MPs) in sediments will continue to increase in the future, further increasing the probability of interactions between macroinvertebrates and MPs. In the present study, a benthic communi...
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Due to ubiquitous distribution of taxa, relatively low-cost and efficient sampling procedure, and known responses to environmental gradients, macroinvertebrate indicators are often a central component of biological monitoring of freshwater resources. This study examined establishing a baseline reference of benthic macroinvertebrate indicators in a...
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Aquatic insects and other benthic macroinvertebrates are mostly used as bioindicators of the ecological status of freshwaters. However, an expensive and time-consuming process of species identification represents one of the key obstacles for reliable biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems. In this paper, we proposed a deep learning (DL) based method f...
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Due to their many practical applications, engineered cerium dioxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (NPs) are commonly used today, although there are justified concerns about the environmental risks of their usage. Studies to date have shown that CeO2 NPs do not pose a lethal hazard to hydrobiocenoses at environmentally relevant concentrations, but that they...
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There is a consensus that human activities affect biodiversity in pond ecosystems. However, the majority of studies have mainly focused on the direct effect of human activities on a single group, despite the fact that anthropogenically induced biodiversity loss in ecosystems occurs across multiple trophic levels and may depend on both altered habit...
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As the production of metal-based nanomaterials increases, it is inevitable that nano-scale products and byproducts will enter the aquatic environment. In terms of global production, the most abundant nano-oxides are TiO2, CeO2 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Chironomus riparius is commonly used for ecotoxicological assessment and defining its histopatholo...
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Present within the OECD priority list for safety testing of manufactured nanomaterials, cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano-CeO2), present one of today's’ major contaminants of the environment. The present study was carried out in order to explore the potential of the geometric morphometric approach in unraveling sublethal implications of nano-CeO2 ex...
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The conference paper presents the effects of microplastic mixture on community structure of freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates in-situ. Research was conducted in microcosm setup, under natural conditions and lasted for 100 days.
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Although plankton constitutes important part of the biodiversity in lentic ecosystems, the impacts of human activities on plankton diversity in ponds have been studied to a lesser extent. We tested the simultaneous effects of cumulative pressure of human activities which co-occur in the surrounding of the study ponds (i.e., gravel mining, crop...
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Aim: while we understand broad climate drivers of insect distributions throughout the Arctic, less is known about the role of spatial processes in determining these relationships. As such, there is a need to understand how spatial controls may influence our interpretations of chironomid environment relationships. Here, we evaluated whether the dist...
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This study was conducted in order to formulate a modification of standard substrate for laboratory bioassays (OECD protocol number 218: "Sediment water chironomid toxicity test using spiked sediment"), with as few constituents as possible, yet enabling the highest larval survival of model organism: Chironomus tentans (Chironomidae, Diptera). Labora...
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The family of non-biting midges (Diptera, Chironomidae) represent one of the most common and abundant group in freshwaters, inhabiting a wide variety of habitats and ecological niches. Although there is a long tradition of limnological research in Croatia, to date no extensive species list has been made for this insect family. Thus, we summarized t...
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Cyanobacteria and microalgae are abundant biota groups in eutrophic freshwater ecosystems, serving as a food source for many aquatic organisms, including the larvae of non-biting midges (Chironomidae). Many species of cyanobacteria are toxin producers, which can act as stressors to other organisms. The present study aimed to analyze and compare the...
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The effect of microplastics (MP) exposure on the chironomid species Chironomus riparius Meigen, 1804 was investigated using the OECD sediment and water toxicity test. Chironomid larvae were exposed to an environmentally relevant low microplastics concentration (LC), a high microplastics concentration (HC) and a control (C). The LC was 0.007 g m-2 o...
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Morphological species identification is often a difficult, expensive, and time-consuming process which hinders the ability for reliable biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems. An alternative approach is to automate the whole process, accelerating the identification process. Here, we demonstrate an automatic machine-based identification approach for no...
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The potential of two chironomid species: Chironmus riparius and C. tentans in bioindication with the focus on relevant endpoints in assessing nanoparticle ecotoxicity in fresh waters.
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Cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano‐CeO2) are included in the OECD priority list of engineered nanomaterials for the assessment of their environmental impact. The present study was carried out in order to assess the nano‐CeO2 toxicity to freshwater midge Chironomus riparius larvae at concentrations of 2.5, 25, 250 and 2500 mg of nano‐CeO2 per kg of se...
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Microplastics (MPs) are ubiquitous pollutants found in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, and MP pollution is a major environmental concern globally. Despite this, the impact of MPs on freshwater ecosystems is largely under-looked, with most research concentrating on marine systems and organisms. Owing to their small and wide range of...
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This conference paper presents our research on CeO2 nanoparticle toxicity to freshwater midge C. tentans and points out relevant endpoints that are sensitive detectors of nano-CeO2 presence in the sediments.
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The conference paper presents the effects of different types of microplastic polymers on Chironomus riparius, regarding the life traits and morphological changes in the mandibles and mentums of 4th instar larvae and morphological changes in the wings of adults.
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While several studies have tested the effects of anthropogenic factors on specific taxa in ponds, the simultaneous effects of the overall anthropogenic pressure along the environmental gradient on the diversity of different groups of pond communities remain unknown. In this study, we evaluated the simultaneous effects of the overall intensity of hu...
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We comparatively examined the role of littoral and deep water sampling methods in assessing macroinvertebrate assemblages and in characterizing longitudinal changes in assemblage structure along >2,500‐km–long course of the Danube River, Europe. The effectiveness of detecting taxa corresponded well with an inshore–offshore gradient in sampling (i.e...
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Identifying the anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss in ponds is important since ponds serve as biodiversity “hot spots” within regions. Previous studies on ponds biodiversity were mainly focused on the effects of anthropogenic factors on specific community in ponds, leaving the effect of multiple stressors on several trophic levels unknown...
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This research was conducted in order to determine influence of mixture of microplastic particles (MP) on non-biting midges Chironomus spp. in laboratory and mesocosm setup.
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Different modifications of standard substrate for the OECD test No. 218 (5 different substrates) were tested in order to investigate the influence of substrate components on mentum deformities of C. tentans larvae. Mentum deformities could be good indicators of toxin presence in the environment, so the substrate in standardized tests should cause a...
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The concentrations of 14 potentially toxic elements in freshwater and marine sardines from the Western Balkan Peninsula were determined. In Prespa Lake, a natural lake, the concentrations of toxic Pb and Cd were above the maximum permissible concentrations in freshwater sardines. The As concentrations were elevated in sardines from Boka Kotorska Ba...
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The present study was carried out in order to assess the influence of environmentally relevant concentrations of TiO2 nanoparticles (E171 human food grade) toxicity on the freshwater midge Chironomus tentans. Tested concentrations were 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 mg of E171 TiO2 per 1 kg of sediment, for the experiment aiming at life trait t...
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The lotic habitats affected by trout farm waste are colonized with a particular invertebrate community of which chironomids are the most abundant group. However, there is little information available regarding how chironomid community structures respond to this type of pollution at the highest taxonomic resolution. Eight fish farms, together with t...
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- Chironomus tentans was exposed to food grade E171 TiO2 nanoparticles - Mouthpart deformities of chironomids were analyzed with geometric morphometry - Dietary exposure to TiO2 caused losing the first inner tooth in the mandibles - Mortality and emergence ratio were affected with higher concentrations (>1000 mg/kg)
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The objective of this chapter is to present the data on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities along the Sava River, based on investigation performed during 2011 and 2012 at 12 sampling sites within the sector between Vrhovo (Slovenia) and Belgrade (confluence to the Danube). During our study 227 macroinvertebrate taxa were recorded in the Sava Rive...
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The chironomid community in non-wadeable lotic systems was tested as a source of information in the construction of biological metrics which could be used into the bioassessment protocols of large rivers. In order to achieve this, we simultaneously patterned the chironomid community structure and environmental factors along the catchment of the Dan...
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Community concordance within aquatic biota could provide useful information for improving the methods used in bioassessment and biodiversity conservation management. The main goal of the study was to investigate the mechanism of community concordance between macroinvertebrates and fish in a single river basin (South Morava river Basin, Serbia). In...
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The taxonomic distinctness (Δ+) index has been recognized as a robust measure to assess human impacts on marine biodiversity. However, its applicability in freshwater ecosystems has still not been confirmed. We aimed to propose the most suitable data design for calculating the Δ+ index for application in assessing anthropogenically caused degradati...
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Trout farms are one of the major sources of pollution of highland streams and rivers, which are very sensitive ecosystems otherwise scarcely influenced by human activities. A trout farm with low annual production was chosen for comparative monitoring of its effects on the macrozoobenthos, epilithic diatom, and potamoplankton communities in the rece...
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The effect on mouthpart morphological changes was investigated by the geometric morphometric approach.
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This study was conducted on 215 mandibles of 22 species, distributed in four subfamilies (Chironominae, Orthocladiinae, Diamesinae and Prodiamesinae), which are collected in rivers of the Danube basin.
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The impact of climate change in Serbia, as found throughout the world, is reflected in the rapid changes in drought and heavy rain periods. We show the influence of high rainfall levels on the water quality, composition and seasonal succession of Cyanobacteria in the Šumarice reservoir, Serbia (44°01'49''N, 20°52'28''E). The changes in physical and...
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The effects of experimental inundation on invertebrate communities in artificial flumes fed with treated wastewater were investigated. Flumes, designed to simulate intermittent river conditions, were planted with three different species of helophytes widely used in river restoration around the water-stressed regions of Europe. Different species of...
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We recorded the movements of adult Eastern Hermann’s tortoises (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) in a local population situated in a complex forested habitat system. The average total movement range size (TMRS) calculated over three consecutive years was 4.56 ha and 7.53 ha for males and females, respectively. The largest estimated TMRS of male and fema...
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We analyzed variation in the distribution of eastern Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) in a complex landscape consisting of both natural and human-altered habitats in a temperate climate region in Serbia. Our results indicated nonrandom distribution of tortoises within different habitat types with large and medium effect size for year...
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Aphidiinae are exclusive endoparasitoids of aphids and together with particular plant species form tritrophic complexes. Parasitoid wasps show different levels of host specificity, which is a very important fact since they have been used in biological control programs. We present a new approach to aphid parasitoid host specificity applied on 505 sp...
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Introduction: Aphidiinae are usually considered through parasitoid/aphid/plant trophic chains thus revealing a lot of the important information for many plant protection projects. Parasitoid wasps exhibit different host range showing different levels of their host specificity. Knowledge of this topic can be very important information regarding Aphi...
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The Chironomidae family presents the most divers and abundant group of aquatic insects. At the larval stage, chironomids have very important role in aquatic ecosystems regarding detritus processing, and present an important part food chains. Exhibiting different ecological profiles and feeding types, chironomids belong to all previously defined fun...
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The performance of both adsorption and heterogeneous photo-Fenton processes, combined for the first time for the treatment of a real winery wastewater (WW), was evaluated under different operational conditions. A Portuguese natural Ca-smectite (Ca-Sm) was applied in both processes, however, with different purposes: (1) as an adsorbent, which reveal...
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One of the main challenges in selecting suitable biological indicators of environmental degradation is to recognize the stressor-specific response signal and to separate it from the natural background variability, which can be accomplished by setting an appropriate statistical design, with an output that enables understanding of the recorded indica...