publication . Article . 2006

Comparison of the Phytotoxkit microbiotest and chemical variables for toxicity evaluation of sediments

Izabela Czerniawska-Kusza; Tomasz Ciesielczuk; Grzegorz Kusza; Aleksandra Cichoń;
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  • Published: 13 Jul 2006 Journal: Environmental Toxicology, volume 21, pages 367-372 (issn: 1520-4081, eissn: 1522-7278, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
The main objective of the research was to evaluate the suitability of the Phytotoxkit microbiotest as a tool for hazard assessment of sediments. The concentrations of oil derivatives, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, and Zn) were determined in sediment samples collected from the urban canal in Opole (Poland), in order to obtain a general insight of the level of sediment contamination. Phytotoxicity of sediments was estimated on the basis of seed germination and root elongation measurements, combined into an overall germination index (Gl). The results revealed spatial and vertical differentiation in sediment conta...
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Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: Toxicology, Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, General Medicine, Organic matter, chemistry.chemical_classification, chemistry, Biology, Sediment, Ecotoxicology, Environmental chemistry, Sativum, Phytotoxicity, Persistent organic pollutant, Water pollution, Contamination
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