R/CBT-16

Uptake of dissolved and particle-associated toxicants by the eastern oyster

Principal Investigator:

Roger I.E. Newell

Start/End Year:

1991 - 1994

Institution:

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal Investigator:

Deborah L. Penry, Donald P. Weston, University of California, Berkeley

Topic(s):

Description:

The objectives of the proposed research are to determine how the partitioning of toxic substances among dissolved and particulate phases affects bioaccumulation by a benthic suspension feeder, and how quantification of this phase-dependent bioavailability could be applied in environmental risk assessment. We will establish the role that ingestion of organic and inorganic particulate matter plays in toxicant uptake by oysters.

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