Ecotoxicological Effects of Chemical Contaminants Adsorbed to Microplastics in the Clam Scrobicularia plana
Two members of CIMA, M. Bebianno and Thiago Rocha published the article “Changes in metallothione in transcription levels in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to CdTe quantum dots” recently in the Ecotoxiclogy journal. Quantum dots are fluorescent metal nanoparticles, which have a cadmium core and due to their optical properties have various biomedical, industrial and commercial applications. However, their metabolism and detoxification processes when accumulated in marine invertebrates, the hazards that these particles may have for human healthare still poorly understood. The work now published evaluates the accumulation of these nanoparticles in marine bivalves (the mussel) and confirms the relevant role of metallothionines and the transcription of the MT10 and MT20 genes in the process of detoxification of quantum dots, nanoparticles of Cd and tellurium when accumulated in mussels
Recently a paper published in the Quaternary International journal by Kumar et al. (2018)
News about the toxic effect on organisms caused by deep-sea mining were published on the magazine “Wilder – rewild your days”. The article reports scientific findings of a study coordinated by Nélia Mestre, researcher at CIMA – Universidade do Algarve, published on “Environmental Pollution” journal
CIMA Starts Exploring the Oceans using an Autonomous Submarine Vehicles (AUV)
Doctor Sónia Cristina was awarded a Prize in Sciences on 02/10/2017 at a ceremony at the Algeciras Campus of the University of Cadiz. The PhD thesis of Sónia won the second prize for the best thesis of the year from the University of Cadiz.