Journal of Soils and Sediments - Protection, Risk Assessment, and Remediation

A New Microbial Contact Assay for Marine Sediments

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The number of microbiological contact tests for marine sediments is low, although microorganisms enable a rapid screening and monitoring of sediment quality and a high resolution of hazard assessment. As no single biotest can provide reliable answers concerning the potential hazard of environmental samples, a combination of bioassays needs to be applied to serve this purpose. In order to cover as many potential effects as possible, test organisms should have different sensitivities; assays should cover different exposure pathways, and measure the effect on various physiological functions.

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