Biological effects of contaminants: Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) embryo bioassay.
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Thain, J. E.
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The oyster embryo bioassay was initially developed by Woelke (1972). The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in the UK have modified the method to improve the accuracy of the test and allow its use on board research vessels. This paper describes the modified method which has been used to obtain a measure of the deterioration in biological water quality in UK coastal' areas receiving anthropogenic discharges. MAFF have successfully used this protocol since 1976 (see Lloyd and Thain, 1981; HMSO, 1982; Thain and Watts, 1984; Byrne et al., 1985; Utting and Helm, 1985; Byrne et al., 1986; Law et al., 1986; Byrne et al., 1988). The phrase "deterioration in biological water quality" implies that a change in chemical, physical, and/or biological composition has occurred which is potentially harmful to aquatic organisms. A bioassay to measure su.....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences; 11
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationThain, J. E. (1991) Biological effects of contaminants: Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) embryo bioassay. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences, No. 11, 12pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-247