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Will evaluate the ecotoxicological effects of urban runoff on individuals and communities in biofilms and invertebrates, using a set of biomarkers.

Ecotoxicity will be evaluated on urban effluents as well as on prioritized contaminants, to provide a sensitive-based response for urban runoff.

WP3 aims at: 

  • Evaluating acute and chronic responses to urban runoff and selected urban contaminants on aquatic biofilms and invertebrate individuals. A battery of stress biomarkers (e.g. physiological responses, growth) will be assessed using microcosm bioassays under laboratory conditions.
  • Developing indicators for urban runoff pollution based on biodiversity and ecotoxicological responses.