European demonstration program on the effect-based and chemical identification and monitoring of organic pollutants in European surface waters

Tousova, Zuzana, Oswald, Peter, Slobodnik, Jaroslav, Blaha, Ludek, Muz, Melis, Hu, Meng, Brack, Werner, Krauss, Martin, Di Paolo, Carolina, Tarcai, Zsolt, Seiler, Thomas-Benjamin, Hollert, Henner, Koprivica, Sanja, Ahel, Marijan, Schollee, Jennifer E., Hollender, Juliane, Suter, Marc J. -F., Hidasi, Anita O., Schirmer, Kristin, Sonavane, Manoj, Ait-Aissa, Selim, Creusot, Nicolas, Brion, Francois, Froment, Jean, Almeida, Ana Catarina, Thomas, Kevin, Tollefsen, Knut Erik, Tufi, Sara, Ouyang, Xiyu, Leonards, Pim, Lamoree, Marja, Torrens, Victoria Osorio, Kolkman, Annemieke, Schriks, Merijn, Spirhanzlova, Petra, Tindall, Andrew and Schulze, Tobias (2017) European demonstration program on the effect-based and chemical identification and monitoring of organic pollutants in European surface waters. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602 1849-1868. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.032

Author Tousova, Zuzana
Oswald, Peter
Slobodnik, Jaroslav
Blaha, Ludek
Muz, Melis
Hu, Meng
Brack, Werner
Krauss, Martin
Di Paolo, Carolina
Tarcai, Zsolt
Seiler, Thomas-Benjamin
Hollert, Henner
Koprivica, Sanja
Ahel, Marijan
Schollee, Jennifer E.
Hollender, Juliane
Suter, Marc J. -F.
Hidasi, Anita O.
Schirmer, Kristin
Sonavane, Manoj
Ait-Aissa, Selim
Creusot, Nicolas
Brion, Francois
Froment, Jean
Almeida, Ana Catarina
Thomas, Kevin
Tollefsen, Knut Erik
Tufi, Sara
Ouyang, Xiyu
Leonards, Pim
Lamoree, Marja
Torrens, Victoria Osorio
Kolkman, Annemieke
Schriks, Merijn
Spirhanzlova, Petra
Tindall, Andrew
Schulze, Tobias
Title European demonstration program on the effect-based and chemical identification and monitoring of organic pollutants in European surface waters
Journal name Science of the Total Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1026
Publication date 2017-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.032
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 601-602
Start page 1849
End page 1868
Total pages 20
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2305 Environmental Engineering
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
Abstract Growing concern about the adverse environmental and human health effects of a wide range of micropollutants requires the development of novel tools and approaches to enable holistic monitoring of their occurrence, fate and effects in the aquatic environment. A European-wide demonstration program (EDP) for effect-based monitoring of micropollutants in surface waters was carried out within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network EDA-EMERGE. The main objectives of the EDP were to apply a simplified protocol for effect-directed analysis, to link biological effects to target compounds and to estimate their risk to aquatic biota. Onsite large volume solid phase extraction of 50 L of surface water was performed at 18 sampling sites in four European river basins. Extracts were subjected to effect-based analysis (toxicity to algae, fish embryo toxicity, neurotoxicity, (anti-)estrogenicity, (anti-)androgenicity, glucocorticoid activity and thyroid activity), to target analysis (151 organic micropollutants) and to nontarget screening. The most pronounced effects were estrogenicity, toxicity to algae and fish embryo toxicity. In most bioassays, major portions of the observed effects could not be explained by target compounds, especially in case of androgenicity, glucocorticoid activity and fish embryo toxicity. Estrone and nonylphenoxyacetic acid were identified as the strongest contributors to estrogenicity, while herbicides, with a minor contribution from other micropollutants, were linked to the observed toxicity to algae. Fipronil and nonylphenol were partially responsible for the fish embryo toxicity. Within the EDP, 21 target compounds were prioritized on the basis of their frequency and extent of exceedance of predicted no effect concentrations. The EDP priority list included 6 compounds, which are already addressed by European legislation, and 15 micropollutants that may be important for future monitoring of surface waters. The study presents a novel simplified protocol for effect-based monitoring and draws a comprehensive picture of the surface water status across Europe.
Keyword Adverse effects
Environmental health
Human health
Large volume solid phase extraction
Simplified effect-directed analysis protocol
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Institutional Status UQ

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