Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Nasci C., Da Ros L., Nesto N., Meneghetti F., Cella A. Use of biochemical, cellular and physiological biomarkers in the assessment of the environmental quality in the Lagoon of Venice. In: Scientific Research and Safeguarding of Venice. Corila Research Program. 2001 results. CORILA ed. pp. 379 - 386. Campostrini P (ed.). Venezia: Istituto Veneto di Lettere Scienze ed Arti, 2002.
In this study a multiparametric approach has been applied to assess the environmental quality in the Lagoon of Venice. It consisted in measuring a suite of biomarkers determined at different degrees of biological organization from biochemical to physiological levels in sentinel organisms from differently impacted lagoon areas. Toxicity tests and pollutant concentrations in sentinel organisms, sediments and water were carried on in the same sites by other research groups for a better understanding of the environmental data. This approach could ultimately contribute to obtain: . reliable biomarkers to be used as sensitive screening tools for environmental/ ecological impact assessment . development/validation of rapid, simple and cost-effective tests for measuring biological responses to lagoon stress factors . To this end, on seasonal basis in the mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, a well-known and extensively used "sentinel" organism in environmental monitoring programs, the following biomarkers will be measured: catalase activity, aldheyde dehydrogenase activities, the neutral red retention time, the condition index and the survival in air resistance.
Subject Mytilus galloprovincialis, biomarkers, Lagoon of Venice

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