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Crayfish (Orconectes virilis) as Bioindicators of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination in the Blackstone River Valley Public

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The use of crayfish as bioindicators of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), specifically benzo[a]pyrene, was investigated. These contaminants have been identified by the EPA as potential human carcinogens, and are common in industrial areas like the Blackstone region of Massachusetts. Crayfish blood, hepatopancreas, and muscle, along with water, and sediment samples from the Blackstone River were analyzed using gas chromatography to determine benzo[a]pyrene concentrations. Results show the potential of crayfish to act as bioindicators of PAHs, while creating a base for future research.

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  • E-project-042607-094440
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  • 2007
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  • 2007-04-26
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