Development of biomarkers of metal toxicity assessment in marine and fresh water molluscs using an exposure-dose-response framework

Development of biomarkers of metal toxicity assessment in marine and fresh water molluscs using an exposure-dose-response framework

Project Summary

This research has developed a suite of at enzymatic, cellular and genotoxic stress biomarkers to assess the toxicity of metals using marine and freshwater molluscs as biomonitors. The biomarkers developed are being assessed for a variety of different species using laboratory microcosms and field exposures along with the use of resident organisms from metal contaminated lakes and rivers. Future work will focus on the effects of salinity, temperature and pH effects relating to climate change effects can also be assessed using the biomarkers.