Histopathological Investigation of Aquatic Organisms
Limnomar is active in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology and its investigations are focussed on histopathologic studies of freshwater and marine organisms. These studies are performed on wildlife animals caught or collected in surface waters or on animals kept under experimental conditions in the laboratory. Up to now, species of the genus mollusca, especially snails and mussels have been investigated. To a minor degree, studies have been performed on fish, crustacea, amphibia and rats. The effects and the mode of action of endocrine active compounds were in the focus of these projects. Due to the large variety of species investigated, species-specific as well as basic effects could be elucidated.
Regarding the type of compounds studied in wildlife and laboratory animals, antifouling biocides (organotin, triazines, copper etc.) as well as pesticides or additives of coatings were in the focus.
In field and in laboratory studies, LimnoMar cooperates with other working groups active in the field of biology or chemical analysis. The performed research projects were conducted on the national or European level. Looking at the publication list, it can be percieved which species and compounds have been investigated. Field studies have been conducted in German freshwater areas like Lake Constance, the river Elbe or along the German coast of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.