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A comparison of North American and West European infaunal amphipod species in a toxicity test on North Sea sediments
Van den Hurk, P.; Chapman, P.M.; Roddie, B.; Swartz, R.C. (1992). A comparison of North American and West European infaunal amphipod species in a toxicity test on North Sea sediments, in: Stebbing, A.R.D. et al. (Ed.) Biological effects of contaminants in the North Sea: Results of the ICES/IOC Bremerhaven Workshop. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 91(1-3): pp. 237-243
In: Stebbing, A.R.D.; Dethlefsen, V.; Carr, M. (Ed.) (1992). Biological effects of contaminants in the North Sea: Results of the ICES/IOC Bremerhaven Workshop. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 91(1-3). Inter-Research: Amelinghausen, Germany. 361 pp., more
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
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  • Van den Hurk, P.; Chapman, P.M.; Roddie, B.; Swartz, R.C. (1992). A comparison of North American and West European infaunal amphipod species in a toxicity test on North Sea sediments. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 91(1-3): 237-243, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Comparative studies; Meiobenthos; Sediment pollution; Test organisms; Toxicity tests; Amphipoda [WoRMS]; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Van den Hurk, P.
  • Chapman, P.M.
  • Roddie, B.
  • Swartz, R.C.

Abstract
    During the Bremerhaven Workshop, sediment samples from 2 pollution gradients in the North Sea were tested in a 10 d static bioassay with infaunal amphipods. One gradient was downstream from a former drilling site, the second was offshore of the Elbe-Weser plume in the German Bight. Four participating laboratories used basically the same technique to test sediment toxicity with 1 of 3 different amphipod species: Rhepoxynius abronius, Corophium volutator or Bathyporeia sarsi. The measured endpoints were mortality and sublethal effects, including the inability to reburrow after exposure, avoidance and immobilisation. Results show that sediment samples from the stations on each gradient closest to contaminant sources were toxic to nearly all test species. Samples from other stations only caused mortality in the tests witC. volutator.

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