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Immunocompetence as a measure of the biological effects of pollution - AE0604

Description
R&D Summary Objectives:- Examine the response of the immune system and non-specific disease resistance systems in fish exposed to sewage and oil related pollutants and establish the possible use of those systems as pollution indicators. Key Customer Purpose:- Provide alternative methods of monitoring pollution levels. Alert MAFF to possible fish disease/pollution levels. Alert MAFF to possible fish disease/pollution link and the need to modify existing pollution controls.
Objective
There is increasing evidence that water bourne pollutants may affect both specific (immune system) and non-specific disease resistance systems in aquatic animals. The vulnerability of these systems in plaice to pollutants will be examined as will their recovery from pollutant stress. The possibility that these immune and non-specific systems may be used to monitor biological effects of pollution and as an indicator of pollution states will be assessed.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1989

To: 1992

Cost: £136,976
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Aberdeen
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Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine