Publication Year

2011

Keywords

Organic chemistry, HPLC, liquid chromatography, bioaccumulation

Disciplines

Chemistry | Organic Chemistry

Abstract

Many organic chemicals have to ability to reach high concentrations in organisms relative to their surrounding environment. This tendency becomes an important environmental concern when chemicals found at trace levels in the environment aggregate in an organism and reach toxic levels. The physiological effects of accumulating these compounds often have dire consequences for a species long after the chemicals have been introduced into an ecosystem. As a result of these effects, scientists have studied the degree to which a chemical bioaccumulates, or is taken up by an organism either directly from exposure to a contaminated medium or by eating food containing the chemical. In addition to directly measuring the concentrations of chemicals in organisms above the level in the environment, research has focused on developing models and methods to predict the extent to which new or preexisting chemicals bioaccumulate.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Chemistry

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