Funding Type: EPA STRIVE Programme 2007 - 2013
Funding Year: 2007
Project Duration: 5 years
Project Type: Capacity Building - DERP
Total Grant-aid: €700,000
Lead Partner: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
This project shall concentrate on developing novel biomarkers in bivalve mussels (Mytilus edulis & Dreissena polymorpha) to investigate chronic effects of exposure to novel environmental contaminants, particularly pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), using recently developed proteomic and genomic techniques. The recent addition of a state of the art liquid chromatography, 2-D Gel ElSctrophoresis and imaging system to the lab will greatly aid this research. The research team shall also be identifying and quantifying numerous pharmaceutical compounds including non-steroidal antiinflamatories, antibiotics, lipid regulators, anti-convulsants and beta-blockers) and EDCs (numerous xenoestrogens and oestradiol) in treated effluent (municipal, hospital & industrial), receiving waters (freshwater and marine) and measuring their ability to bioconcentrate and bioaccumulate up the food chain and their potential effect on human populations.
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