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Biomarker responses and biotransformation capacity in Arctic and temperate benthic species exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Szczybelski Ciordia, A.S. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Koelmans, A.A. ; Brink, N.W. van den - \ 2019
Science of the Total Environment 662 (2019). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 631 - 638.
Monitoring parameters for the assessment of oil and gas related contaminants and their biological effects need validation before application in the Arctic. For such monitoring purposes, we evaluated the potential use of three biomarkers (acetylcholinesterase, acyl-CoA oxidase and glutathione S-transferase) for application to an Arctic bivalve (Astarte borealis) and determined the body residue of pyrene and two pyrene metabolites (1-hydroxypyrene and pyrene-1-glucuronide) in Arctic benthic species (bivalve: Macoma calcarea; polychaete: Nephtys ciliata) and temperate benthic species (bivalve: Limecola balthica; polychaete: Alitta virens) in order to establish the potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) metabolite profiles as biomarkers of exposure in such species. Experimental PAH exposure levels were probably too low (0.2–1.7 mg/kg dry weight in sediment) to induce or inhibit biomarker responses in A. borealis. Concentrations of pyrene and pyrene metabolites varied between species, although no consistent patterns could be established among taxonomic groups and locations. Metabolites made up to 79% of the total pyrene concentrations, indicating that basal metabolic activity is affecting pyrene kinetics even at low concentrations in all species. This indicates that Arctic and temperate species could show similar metabolism patterns of PAHs, although more insight into the effects of confounding factors is needed.
Bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by Arctic and temperate benthic species
Szczybelski Ciordia, A.S. ; Diepens, N.J. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Brink, N.W. van den; Koelmans, A.A. - \ 2019
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 38 (2019)4. - ISSN 0730-7268 - p. 883 - 895.
Increasing oil and gas activities may substantially increase chemical stress to benthic ecosystems in the Arctic, pointing to the necessity to evaluate their environmemtal risks in these systems. Risk assessment procedures for oil related compounds (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs) should address differences in exposure between Arctic and temperate benthos. Here we compare for the first time, the bioaccumulation of PAHs by Arctic benthic invertebrate species, with that of temperate species, based on their biota-sediment accumulation factors (BSAFs). Measured PAH BSAFs were generally higher in temperate bivalves (Limecola balthica) than in Arctic bivalves (Macoma calcarea), whereas BSAFs in Arctic polychaetes (Nephtys ciliata) showed higher values than in temperate polychaetes (Alitta virens). Differences in measured BSAFs were explained by the species-specific feeding modes and traits. However, modeled BSAFs revealed that steady state was not likely to be reached in the 28-d tests for all PAHs and organisms. Due to low numbers of individuals, most species-specific parameters carried too much uncertainty to reveal differences between Arctic and temperate species. The results of the present study suggest that data from temperate species could be used as a surrogate for Arctic species in risk assessment
The mystery of Tetrodotoxinen shellfish in the Netherlands manage the non-understood
Poelman, M. ; Gerssen, A. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Blanco Garcia, A. ; Klijnstra, M.D. ; Murk, A.J. - \ 2018
How including ecological realism impacts the assessment of the environmental effect of oil spills at the population level: The application of matrix models for Arctic Calanus species
Vries, Pepijn de; Tamis, Jacqueline ; Hjorth, Morten ; Jak, Robbert ; Falk-Petersen, Stig ; Heuvel-Greve, Martine van den; Klok, Chris ; Hemerik, Lia - \ 2018
Marine Environmental Research 141 (2018). - ISSN 0141-1136 - p. 264 - 274.
matrix models - Arctic - calanus - lc50 - noec - Population dynamics - Oil spill
For oil spill responses, assessment of the potential environmental exposure and impacts of a spill is crucial. Due to a lack of chronic toxicity data, acute data is used together with precautionary assumptions. The effect on the Arctic keystone (copepod) species Calanus hyperboreus and Calanus glacialis populations is compared using two approaches: a precautionary approach where all exposed individuals die above a defined threshold concentration and a refined (full-dose-response) approach. For this purpose a matrix population model parameterised with data from the literature is used. Population effects of continuous exposures with varying durations were modelled on a range of concentrations. Just above the chronic No Observed Effect Concentration (which is field relevant) the estimated population recovery duration of the precautionary approach was more than 300 times that of the refined approach. With increasing exposure concentration and duration, the effect in the refined approach converges to the maximum effect assumed in the precautionary approach.
Avoidance tests as a tool to detect sublethal effects of oil-impacted sediments
Szczybelski, Ariadna S. ; Kampen, Tineke ; Vromans, Joris ; Peeters, Edwin T.H.M. ; Heuvel-Greve, Martine J. van den; Brink, Nico W. van den; Koelmans, Albert A. - \ 2018
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 37 (2018)6. - ISSN 0730-7268 - p. 1757 - 1766.
Amphipod - Avoidance - Benthic macroinvertebrates - Distillate marine grade A oil - Oil spills - Risk assessment
Currently, risk assessment for oil contamination does not consider behavioral responses of benthos to oil toxicity. Avoidance of oil-contaminated sediment by benthic amphipods, however, may be a highly sensitive endpoint for sublethal effects of commonly used distillate fuels. In the present study, the avoidance behavior of temperate freshwater (Gammarus pulex) and marine (Gammarus locusta) amphipods was tested by allowing them to choose between a reference sediment and a distillate marine grade A (DMA) oil-spiked sediment. Avoidance of DMA-spiked sediment at 1000mg/kg dry weight was significant within the total exposure time (96h) in G. pulex and within the first 72h in G. locusta in 1 of 2 tests. Absence of DMA avoidance at lower concentrations (≤250mg/kg dry wt) indicates that test species can only detect DMA above these concentrations. However, sensitivity to oil may vary according to the phenology and physiological conditions of the populations involved, such as the species temperature tolerance and reproductive stage. The results suggest that avoidance tests may be used as an alternative to traditional chronic toxicity tests provided that a causal link between avoidance and long-term effects can be established.
Hoeveel kwik vinden we in bodemdieren op een Arctisch fjord?
Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research
Data rapport: Monitoring vooroeververdedigingen 2016: macrofauna in zacht substraat langs de zuidkust van Schouwen-Duiveland : Locaties Burghsluis, Schelphoek en Zierikzee
Escaravage, Vincent ; Heuvel-Greve, Martine van den; Tangelder, M. ; Kluijver, Mario de - \ 2017
Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C089/17) - 101
Quick scan VoorOeverVerdediging3 Oosterschelde : locaties Wemeldinge-Oost, Wemeldinge-West, Oost-Bevelandpolder
Escaravage, Vincent ; Heuvel-Greve, Martine van de - \ 2017
Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C088/17) - 25
Contaminants in harbour porpoises beached along the Dutch coast : A first overview of contaminants in all age classes
Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; IJsseldijk, L. ; Kwadijk, C. ; Kotterman, M. - \ 2017
Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C069/17) - 63
Artic Aliens: Mapping the presence of marine alien species in west Svalbard
Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Brink, A.M. van den; Steenhuisen, Frits ; Klaassen, Michiel ; Heuvel, Mare van den; Glorius, S.T. ; Laros, I. ; Bovenschen, J. ; Groot, G.A. de - \ 2017
Globally, alien species are considered the third most important threat to biodiversity after habit loss and fishery. Alien species have the potential to impact the environment and economy by disrupting the ecological system. To better understand what species are, or could be introduced to the Arctic, it is necessary to have a fast, efficient and accurate monitoring method for identifying alien species. We developed and tested a DNA technique that allows an easy detection of the presence of multiple species in a water or sediment sample.
Estimating input of mercury from historical local sources and long range transport into the coastal marine system of Kongsfjorden, Svalbard
Steenhuisen, Frits ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Heuvel, M. van den; Klaassen, Michiel - \ 2017
Contaminants present in coal mine tailings are transported from the mine location to the marine ecosystem by fresh water runoff. Organisms take up these contaminants via water and sediment. As contaminants move through the food web, they become more concentrated at higher trophic levels. Mercury (Hg) is found to accumulate in top predators of the Arctic ecosystem in levels that
can affect the functioning of organisms. Mercury in the Arctic environment also originates from global sources due to long-range transport. The main global sources of mercury emissions to air are coal fired power stations and small scale gold mining (map 1).
Arctic Aliens: mapping the presence of marine alien species in west Svalbard
Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Brink, A.M. van den; Steenhuisen, Frits ; Klaassen, Michiel ; Heuvel, M. van den; Glorius, S.T. ; Laros, I. ; Bovenschen, J. ; Groot, G.A. de - \ 2017
Globally, alien species are considered the third most important threat to biodiversity after habitat loss and fishery. Alien species have the potential to impact the environment and economy by disrupting the ecological system. To better understand what species are, or could be introduced to the Arctic, it is necessary to have a fast, efficient and accurate monitoring method for identifying alien species. We developed and tested a DNA technique that allows an easy detection of the presence of multiple species in a water or sediment sample.
Plastics in mosselen
Foekema, E.M. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. ; Murk, A.J. ; Koelmans, A.A. - \ 2017
Den Helder : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C055/17) - 26
Ook in diepzee zitten kreeftjes vol met giftige pcb's
Heuvel-Greve, Martine van den - \ 2017

Op kilometers diepte in de Grote Oceaan zijn vlokreeften gevangen met evenveel gifafval in het lijf als in de Westerschelde.

Data rapport: effect van vooroeververdediging op bodemorganismen in Oosterschelde in 2015
Tangelder, M. ; Kluijver, M. de; Craeymeersch, J. ; Brummelhuis, E.B.M. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den - \ 2017
Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C013/17) - 86
Hoe verloopt de ontwikkeling van infauna gemeenschappen van jaar tot jaar in 2009-2015 in het afgezette sediment op de aangelegde vooroevers van staalslakken en breuksteen bij locatie Zeelandbrug (Zuidhoek-de Val) en Lokkersnol (Cauwersinlaag) in de Oosterschelde en twee referentielocaties in de Oosterschelde?
The effect of microplastic on chemical uptake by the lugworm Arenicola marina (L.) under environmentally relevant conditions
Besseling, E. ; Foekema, E.M. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Koelmans, A.A. - \ 2017
Environmental Science and Technology 51 (2017)15. - ISSN 0013-936X - p. 8795 - 8804.
It has been hypothesized that ingestion of microplastic increases exposure of aquatic organisms to hydrophobic contaminants. To date, most laboratory studies investigated chemical transfer from ingested microplastic without taking other exposure pathways into account. Therefore we studied the effect of polyethylene (PE) microplastic in sediment on PCB uptake by Arenicola marina as a model species, quantifying uptake fluxes from all natural exposure pathways. PCB concentrations in sediment, biota lipids (Clip) and porewater measured with passive samplers were used to derive lipid-normalized bioaccumulation metrics Clip, Biota sediment accumulation factor (BSAF), Bioaccumulation factor (BAF) and the Biota plastic accumulation factor (BPAF). Small effects of PE addition were detected suggesting slightly increased or decreased bioaccumulation. However, the differences decreased in magnitude dependent on the metric used to assess bioaccumulation, in the order: Clip>BSAF>BPAF>BAF, and were non-significant for BAF. The fact that BAF, i.e. normalization of Clip on porewater concentration, largely removed all effects of PE, shows that PE did not act as a measurable vector of PCBs. Biodynamic model analysis confirmed that PE ingestion contributed marginally to bioaccumulation. This work confirmed model-based predictions on the limited relevance of microplastic for bioaccumulation under environmentally realistic conditions, and illustrated the importance of assessing exposure through all media in microplastic bioaccumulation studies.
Prospective environmental risk assessment for sediment-bound organic chemicals : A proposal for tiered effect assessment
Diepens, N.J. ; Koelmans, A.A. ; Baveco, J.M. ; Brink, P.J. van den; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Brock, T.C.M. - \ 2017
In: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology / de Voogt, Pim, New York : Springer (Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology ) - ISBN 9783319339726 - p. 1 - 77.
A broadly accepted framework for prospective environmental risk assessment (ERA) of sediment-bound organic chemicals is currently lacking. Such a framework requires clear protection goals, evidence-based concepts that link exposure to effects and a transparent tiered-effect assessment. In this paper, we provide a tiered prospective sediment ERA procedure for organic chemicals in sediment, with a focus on the applicable European regulations and the underlying data requirements. Using the ecosystem services concept, we derived specific protection goals for ecosystem service providing units: microorganisms, benthic algae, sediment-rooted macrophytes, benthic invertebrates and benthic vertebrates. Triggers for sediment toxicity testing are discussed.

We recommend a tiered approach (Tier 0 through Tier 3). Tier-0 is a cost-effective screening based on chronic water-exposure toxicity data for pelagic species and equilibrium partitioning. Tier-1 is based on spiked sediment laboratory toxicity tests with standard benthic test species and standardised test methods. If comparable chronic toxicity data for both standard and additional benthic test species are available, the Species Sensitivity Distribution (SSD) approach is a more viable Tier-2 option than the geometric mean approach. This paper includes criteria for accepting results of sediment-spiked single species toxicity tests in prospective ERA, and for the application of the SSD approach. We propose micro/mesocosm experiments with spiked sediment, to study colonisation success by benthic organisms, as a Tier-3 option. Ecological effect models can be used to supplement the experimental tiers. A strategy for unifying information from various tiers by experimental work and exposure—and effect modelling is provided.
Monitoring vooroeververdediging Oosterschelde 2015 : locaties: Zeelandbrug en Lokkersnol
Tangelder, Martijn ; Heuvel-Greve, Martine van den; Kluijver, Maria de - \ 2016
Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C098/16) - 86
oeverbescherming van rivieren - dijken - steenwerk - aquatische ecosystemen - zware metalen - waterorganismen - oosterschelde - westerschelde - nederland - riverbank protection - dykes - stonework - aquatic ecosystems - heavy metals - aquatic organisms - eastern scheldt - western scheldt - netherlands
Rijkswaterstaat heeft aan Wageningen Marine Research opdracht gegeven om in 2015 de T6-monitoring uit te voeren voor Cluster 1 locaties Zuidhoek-De Val (“Zeelandbrug”) en Cauwersinlaag (“Lokkersnol”) in de Oosterschelde. Het doel van deze monitoring is het bepalen van de samenstelling en biodiversiteit van de aanwezige levensgemeenschappen op harde en zachte substraten, en de bepaling van de gehalten aan zware metalen in mosselen en oesters. Voor locatie Lokkersnol is de monitoring alleen op levensgemeenschappen van zachte substraten gericht. De monitoring is uitgevoerd in samenwerking met Stichting Zeeschelp en TNO.
Gehalte aan zware metalen in biota op stort- en referentielocaties in de Oosterschelde
Glorius, S.T. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den - \ 2016
IMARES (Rapport / IMARES C081/16) - 32 p.
heavy metals - mytilus edulis - crassostrea gigas - biota - sampling - eastern scheldt - zware metalen - bemonsteren - oosterschelde
Dit rapport beschrijft de resultaten van de metaalanalyses in mosselen Mytilus edulis en Japanse oesters Crassostrea gigas bemonsterd op verschillende locaties in de Oosterschelde. Hierbij wordt ingegaan op de jaarlijkse variatie in metaalconcentratie in mossel- en oesterweefsel en verschillen tussen type stort en referentielocaties en worden gehalten getoetst aan geldende milieukwaliteitsnormen.
Bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and hexachlorobenzene by three Arctic benthic species from Kongsfjorden (Svalbard, Norway)
Szczybelski, Ariadna S. ; Heuvel-Greve, M.J. van den; Kampen, T. ; Wang, Chenwen ; Brink, Nico van den; Koelmans, A.A. - \ 2016
Marine Pollution Bulletin 112 (2016)1-2. - ISSN 0025-326X - p. 65 - 74.
Arctic - benthos - bioindicators - BSAFs - invertebrates - POPs
The predicted expansion of oil and gas (O&G) activities in the Arctic urges for a better understanding of impacts of these activities in this region. Here we investigated the influence of location, feeding strategy and animal size on the bioaccumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) by three Arctic benthic species in Kongsfjorden (Svalbard, Norway). No toxicity was expected based on biota PAH critical body residues. Biota PCB levels were mainly below limit of detection, whereas samples were moderately polluted by HCB. PAH concentrations in biota and Biota Sediment Accumulation Factors (BSAFs) were generally higher in Blomstrandhalvøya than in Ny-Ålesund, which was explained by a higher abundance of black carbon in Ny-Ålesund harbour. BSAFs differed significantly among species and stations. We conclude that contaminant body residues are a less variable and more straightforward monitoring parameter than sediment concentrations or BSAFs in Arctic benthos.
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