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Tim Verslycke

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This hyperbenthic sledge is dragged over the bottom of the Scheldt estuary to collect mysid shrimp

ENDIS-RISKS: Endocrine disruption in the Scheldt estuary, distribution, exposure and effects

-An Ghekiere, Tim Verslycke, Colin Janssen (Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology, Ghent University, Belgium)
-Herlinde Noppe, Hubert De Brabander (Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, Ghent University, Belgium)
-Nancy Fockedey, Magda Vincx (Marine Biology Section, Ghent University, Belgium)
-Patrick Roose, Els Monteyne (Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models, MUMM, Belgium)
-Dick Vethaak, Peter Schout, Johan Jol (National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, RIKZ, The Netherlands)
-Klaas Deneudt, Ward Vanden Berghe, Jan Mees (Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ, Belgium)

Endis-Risks is a 4-year project (2002-2006) carried out by one Dutch and five Belgian research groups (see collaborators) in the framework of the SPSD-II research action of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office. The Endis-Risks project aims to assess the distribution and the possible effects of endocrine-disrupting substances in the Scheldt estuary. Priority substances, their physico-chemical distribution (speciation within the different compartments: sediment, water, suspended solids), their concentration in biota (mysid shrimp and gobies) and their geographic distribution will be assessed. The Endis-Risks project aims at providing a thorough, integrated and multi-disciplinary description of the current status of the Scheldt estuary in relation to the issue of endocrine disruption. This study will result in a fundamental, ecotoxicological risk assessment of endocrine disrupting substances in the Scheldt estuary.
The major research objectives within the project are:
- Analyses of endocrine disruptors in water, suspended solids, sediment and biota (mysids, gobies);
- In vitro evaluation of the estrogenic and androgenic potential of samples of water, suspended solids and sediment;
- Ecotoxicological and in situ evaluation of the effects on the resident mysid populations (short, intermediate and long-term);
- Risk assessment of endocrine disruptors in the Scheldt estuary

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