The toxicity of composted sediments from Mediterranean ports evaluated by several bioassays

Type Article
Date 2011-01
Language English
Author(s) Mamindy-Pajany Yannick1, 2, Hamer Bojan3, Romeo Michele1, Geret Florence4, Galgani FrancoisORCID5, Durmisi Emina6, Hurel Charlotte2, Marmier Nicolas2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Nice Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS, Nice, France.
2 : Univ Nice Sophia Antipolis, LRSAE, Nice, France.
3 : Rudjer Boskovic Inst, Ctr Marine Res, Rovinj, Croatia.
4 : Univ Ctr Jean Francois Champollion, Geode, Albi, France.
5 : IFREMER Corse, Bastia, France.
6 : Univ Pula, Pula, Croatia.
Source Chemosphere (0045-6535) (Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd), 2011-01 , Vol. 82 , N. 3 , P. 362-369
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.10.005
WOS© Times Cited 41
Keyword(s) Bioassays, Dredged port sediments, Phytotoxicity, Microtox (R) solid phase, Embryo-toxicity test, Genotoxicity
Abstract This work investigates the ecotoxicological evaluation of contaminated dredged sediments from French Mediterranean navy harbour (A), commercial port (B) and two composite specimens (C) and (D) coming from the mixture of A and B with other port sediments. The toxicity of elutriates from these sediments is estimated using embryo-toxicity test. Microtox (R) solid phase test, LuminoTox, phytotoxicity tests and genotoxicity test. Bioassay responses are not clearly correlated with chemical contamination in the whole sediment and vary as a function of tested organisms. The highest contaminated samples (A and C) are almost always more toxic than the less contaminated samples (B and D). Among composite sediments, the mixture effect with other sediments is not efficient to decrease toxicity in sample C, suggesting that other parameters influence toxicity level such as particle size or organic matter content. These parameters should be taken into consideration in order to improve the efficiency of the mixture process and produce composite sediments with low toxicity. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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