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Biological effects of environmental pollution in marine coastal ecosystems

Reference no: EVK3 CT2000-00025
Acronym: BEEP
Period: February 2001 till January 2004
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Marine pollution; Mussels; Mussels
Geographical terms: ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]; Mediterranean Region [Marine Regions]

Institutes (22)  Top 
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Laboratory of General Biology, more, partner
  • Finnish Institute of Marine Research (FIMR), more, partner
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), more, partner
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), more, partner
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale; Laboratory of Sciences of the Marine Environment CNRS-UMR6539 (LEMAR), more, partner
  • Nature Research Centre; Institute of Ecology (EKOI), more, partner
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology; Department of Biology, more, partner
  • University of Reading, more, partner
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde (IOW), more, partner
  • Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (FGFRI), more, partner
  • Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Oceanology (IOPAN), more, partner
  • University of Gdansk; Faculty of Biology, Geography and Oceanology (BGO), more, partner
  • Institute for Applied Ecology, more, partner
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI), more, partner
  • Université Bordeaux 1, more, partner
  • Université de Havre, more, partner
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), more, partner
  • University of Plymouth (UOP), more, partner
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research (AWI), more, partner
  • Tel-Aviv University, more, partner
  • University of the Basque country, more
  • University of Gothenburg, more, partner

Scientific goals of the project

Development of new cellular and molecular biomarkers as biomonitoring tools for early assessment of the biological effect of complex mixtures of pollutants.
Development of biomarkers based on gonadal and hormonal disruption, indicative of pollutant alteration of reproductive performance, revealing secondary effects at population/community levels.
Validation and intercalibration sets of common biomarkers for three different European zones exposed to different pollution impacts.
Validation of a methodology for the biomarker use in ecological risk assessment.
Preparation of information and advices to decision-makers and fishery institutions about biological effects of chemical contamination on costal marine resources.
Getting biomarkers applied in environmental monitoring schemes and integrated in national and international monitoring programs.

Socio-economic goals of the project

Establishment of a network of biomarker researchers around Europe to promote the use of biomarker approach in national and international monitoring programs. Development of sensitive cost-efficient environmental monitoring systems of biological effects. Development of tools for environmental risk assessment and acceptance criteria for monitoring effluents that can safeguard the interests of the precautionary principle. Presentation of advices to the user's group, the public, politicians and decision-makers about ecological risks of contamination of the marine environment. Presentation of information and advice to fishery institutions about biological effects of pollution on fish stocks.

The Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems-Beep project will provide a comprehensive and integrated study between :
Different biomarkers at different levels of organizations (from cellular level to reproduction level).
Different biomarkers at different stage of development (from research biomarker) developed in the lab to validated biomarkers in the field.
Different set of data produced into three different European coastal environment (North Atlantic Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea).
Pollution impacts and activity of user group of marine resources.
This project will aslo provide the determination of critical chemical pollution levels that have a negative impact on the function and biodiversity of marine organisms.

Expected results
Improvement and development of the knowledge on biological markers in marine organisms exposed to chemical stresses in coastal environments.
Determination of a standardized battery of biological markers for implementation of biomarker techniques in national/international monitoring Programes (OSPARCOM, HELCOM).
Investigation of a methodology for the use of biomarkers in ecological risk assessment.
Improvement of the quality of environmental data in view of coming EU directives for the environment and the consumer protection."

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