Bioremediation of waste under ocean acidification: Reviewing the role of Mytilus edulis

Mar Pollut Bull. 2016 Feb 15;103(1-2):5-14. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.12.040. Epub 2016 Jan 8.


Waste bioremediation is a key regulating ecosystem service, removing wastes from ecosystems through storage, burial and recycling. The bivalve Mytilus edulis is an important contributor to this service, and is used in managing eutrophic waters. Studies show that they are affected by changes in pH due to ocean acidification, reducing their growth. This is forecasted to lead to reductions in M. edulis biomass of up to 50% by 2100. Growth reduction will negatively affect the filtering capacity of each individual, potentially leading to a decrease in bioremediation of waste. This paper critically reviews the current state of knowledge of bioremediation of waste carried out by M. edulis, and the current knowledge of the resultant effect of ocean acidification on this key service. We show that the effects of ocean acidification on waste bioremediation could be a major issue and pave the way for empirical studies of the topic.

Keywords: Bioremediation; Ecosystem service; Experiments; Mytilus edulis; Ocean acidification; Waste.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Climate Change*
  • Ecosystem
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Mytilus edulis / growth & development
  • Mytilus edulis / metabolism*
  • Mytilus edulis / physiology
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Water Pollutants / metabolism*
  • Water Quality


  • Water Pollutants