Histopathology in Biomonitoring Marine Invertebrates
Published Online: 15 JUL 2005
Copyright © 2005 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
How to Cite
Martín-Díaz, M., Jiménez-Tenorio, N., Sarasquete, C., González de Canales, M. and DelValls, T. 2005. Histopathology in Biomonitoring Marine Invertebrates. Water Encyclopedia. 4.
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2005
The use of the histopathological alterations as a biomarker of effect in marine invertebrates has been widely included in the assessment of the quality of the marine environment. This biomarker may link the bioavailability of different compounds with the effect at target tissues and it has been successfully included in major national monitoring programmes. Nevertheless, this biomarker is still under a experimental stage.
The present work critically reviews the advantages and limitations of the use of this biomarker: the methodology for its determination and its inclusion as a complementary tool for the marine pollution assessment in a Weight of Evidence (WOE) approach.
- weight of evidence;
- invertebrate diseases