Assessing the quality of marine coastal environments: Comparison of scope for growth and Microtox® bioassay results of pollution gradient areas in eastern Mediterranean (Greece)

TitleAssessing the quality of marine coastal environments: Comparison of scope for growth and Microtox® bioassay results of pollution gradient areas in eastern Mediterranean (Greece)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsCotou, E, Papathanassiou E, Tsangaris C
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume119
Issue2
Pages141 - 149
KeywordsMarine pollution, Microtox®, Mytilus galloprovincialis, Scope for growth
Abstract

Methods for assessing the quality of marine coastal environments are numerous and rapidly evolving. The integration of physiological parameters termed as Scope for Growth (SfG) and the luminescent bioassay Microtox® were applied in several sites of Saronikos and Amvrakikos Gulfs (Greece) to assess the environmental quality and compare the results of the two methods. Each site in the two areas undergoes different types and levels of pollution. Both methods could identify a pollution gradient reflecting the quality of each site. A very good linear correlation was noticed between the two methods (r=0.98). The stress order, which was similar in both methods, exhibited the expected pollution gradient according to the pressure that each site undergoes. Results suggest that for screening and fast isolation of polluted sites before further analysis, the rapid and simple Microtox® assay could operate as an alternative to the more complex SfG method. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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