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Monitoring of biological effects of pollution along Thermaikos Gulf of Greece

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Period: April 2007 till February 2008
Status: Completed

Thesaurus term: Pollution monitoring
Geographical term: MED, Greece, Thermaikos Gulf [Marine Regions]

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The scope of this program is the estimation of pollution in Thermaikos Gulf using cellular and molecular biomarkers in tissues of mussels. Mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis were collected from 4 stations in Thermaikos Gulf and one station in Strymonikos Gulf (Fig. 1) every six months. Mussels were sampled from Aggelochori (cultured population), Peraia (natural population), from a natural population located near the Outlet tube of the sewage treatment plant of Kalohori, as well as from cultured populations in Halastra. Mussels were also sampled from a cultured population in Olympiada located in Strymonikos Gulf, which was selected as a reference station. The biomarkers which were evaluated in the digestive gland of mussels were

  1. lysosomal membrane stability
  2. neutral red retention assay
  3. metallothioneins content and
  4. acetylcholinesterase activity.

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