Chemical Dispersants in the Marine Environment: Harnessing the Fish Acute Phase Response for Rapid and Sensitive Evaluation of Exposure
University of Alabama at Birmingham
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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.