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The mussel caging approach in assessing biological effects of wastewater treatment plant discharges in the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea)
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2015 (English)In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, E-ISSN 1879-3363, Vol. 97, no 1-2, 135-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Biological effects of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents were investigated in Baltic mussels (Mytilus trossulus) caged for one month 800 m and 1100 m from the WWTP discharge site and at a reference site 4 km away. Significant antioxidant, genotoxic and lysosomal responses were observed close to the point of the WWTP discharge. Passive samplers (POCIS) attached to the cages indicated markedly higher water concentrations of various pharmaceuticals at the two most impacted sites. Modeling the dispersal of a hypothetical passive tracer compound from the WWTP discharge site revealed differing frequencies and timing of the exposure periods at different caging sites. The study demonstrated for the first time the effectiveness of the mussel caging approach in combination with passive samplers and the application of passive tracer modeling to examine the true exposure patterns at point source sites such as WWTP pipe discharges in the Baltic Sea.

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2015. Vol. 97, no 1-2, 135-149 p.
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Biomarkers, Mussel caging, Pharmaceuticals, Passive samplers, Passive tracer modeling, Wastewater treatment plant
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121521DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.06.024ISI: 000360417800026OAI: diva2:859890
Available from: 2015-10-09 Created: 2015-10-05 Last updated: 2015-10-09Bibliographically approved

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