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The application of combined tissue residue chemistry and physiological measurements of mussels (Mytilus edulis) for the assessment of environmental pollution
Widdows, J.; Donkin, P. (1989). The application of combined tissue residue chemistry and physiological measurements of mussels (Mytilus edulis) for the assessment of environmental pollution. Hydrobiologia 188/189: 455-461
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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Keywords
    Growth; Pollution; Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]

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  • Widdows, J.
  • Donkin, P.

Abstract
    The rationale for the use of combined tissue residue chemistry and physiological energetics measurements of Mytilus edulis in the assessment and monitoring of environmental pollution is outlined. Laboratory derived relationships between the concentration of toxicants in tissues and sublethal responses (eg. feeding, respiration and growth rate) provide a toxicological database for the interpretation of physiological responses measured in the field. The role of quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR's) in establishing tissue concentration-effect relationships for organic contaminants is discussed. The application of this approach is illustrated with reference to two field studies, a monitoring programme in the Shetlands and a practical biological effects workshop in Oslo

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