Comparative assessment of the toxicity of a papermill effluent by respirometry and a luminescence-based bacterial assay

J. S. Brown, E. A.S. Rattray, G. I. Paton*, G. Reid, I. Caffoor, K. Killham

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Abstract

Samples were taken from the inlet to, and the outlet from an effluent treatment plant of a papermill in north east Scotland. The concentration of a range of inorganic and organic pollutants was determined. The principal contaminants were found to be cadmium and pentachlorophenol. A respirometric and a luminescence based assay were carried out to assess the bioavailability of pollutants. The luminescence based assay using genetically modified (luminescence-marked) terrestrial bacteria was found to have greater sensitivity and reproducibility than the respirometric analysis, although both techniques were sensitive to the presence of pollutants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1561
Number of pages9
JournalChemosphere
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

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