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Chemical Dispersants in the Marine Environment: Harnessing the Fish Acute Phase Response for Rapid and Sensitive Evaluation of Exposure

Implementing Organization

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$34,500

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Toxicity of crude oil and chemical agents used in clean-up and remediation is generally gauged by calculation of the LC50 (concentration required to kill 50% of exposed indicator species in a specified time period); nevertheless, even low non-lethal levels of chemical by-products can negatively impact animal health and well-being. The sub-lethal effects of these chemicals on growth, development, and reproduction are important to consider when assessing the full environmental impact of pollutants at the organismal level.

Contact

Stephen Watts
205-934-8308
sawatts@uab.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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