Toxicology of marine mammals: new developments and opportunities

Weijs, Liesbeth and Zaccaroni, Annalisa (2015) Toxicology of marine mammals: new developments and opportunities. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70 1: 1-8. doi:10.1007/s00244-015-0233-9

Author Weijs, Liesbeth
Zaccaroni, Annalisa
Title Toxicology of marine mammals: new developments and opportunities
Journal name Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1432-0703
Publication date 2015-10-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00244-015-0233-9
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 70
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract It is widely recognized that marine mammals are exposed to a wide variety of pollutants, with a weight of evidence indicating impacts on their health. Since hundreds of new chemicals enter the global market every year, the methods, approaches and technologies used to characterize pollution levels or impacts are also in a constant state of flux. However, legal and ethical constraints often limit the type and extent of toxicological research being carried out in marine mammals. Nevertheless, new and emerging in vivo, in vitro as well as in silico research opportunities abound in the field of marine mammal toxicology. In the application of findings to population-, species-, or habitat-related risk assessments, the identification of causal relationships which inform source apportionment is important. This, in turn, is informed by a comprehensive understanding of contaminant classes, profiles and fate over space and time. Such considerations figure prominently in the design and interpretation of marine mammal (eco)toxicology research. This mini-review attempts to follow the evolution behind marine mammal toxicology until now, highlight some of the research that has been done and suggest opportunities for future research. This Special Issue will showcase new developments in marine mammal toxicology, approaches for exposure-effect research in risk assessment as well as future opportunities.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology Publications
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