Objective of this course is to support lectures Bi5580 General Ecotoxicology. Students will conduct practical exercises to learn specific ecotoxicity bioassays to be able to use them for ecotoxicity assessment. Further, students will learn where and how to seek for toxicological information and how to work and interpret the data (individual project). Students will also be able to explain current dvances in the ecotoxicology research based on demos in the RECETOX research laboratories.
1. Principles of ecotoxicology - relation with environmental chemistry, studies of fate and effects of chemicals, risk assessment. 2. Evaluation, analyses and interpretation of toxicology data, toxicity of chemicals and chemical mixtures. 3. Examples of real experimental results (scientific papers from environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology), demonstrations and discussions on ecotoxicological methods. 4. Basic principles of reading and usage of scientific papers, preparation of students lecture of model scientific paper. Presentation of results to other students. 5. Preparation of an assay, which should extend the students ability of self thinking about environmental problems. Themes covering both well known environmental problems are provided for discussion and assays. 6. Excursion to research institution. Presentation of recent sofisticated instruments, their applications and possibilities in ecotoxicology. Illustration of simple experiments (cytotoxicity, dioxin-like toxicity), data analysis, protocol preparation.
CALOW, P. Handbook of Ecotoxicology Vol. I and II. London, U.K.: Blackwell Scientific publications, 1993. info
Students will be granted credits after finishing and submitting their individual project and protocols from experimental exercises and participation in laboratory demonstrations.