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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 255, Issue 1, pp 33–40 | Cite as

Ecotoxicological studies with the freshwater rotifer Brachionus calyciflorusII. An assessment of the chronic toxicity of lindane and 3,4-dichloroaniline using life tables

  • M. D. Ferrando
  • C. R. Janssen
  • E. Andreu
  • G. Persoone
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Abstract

The effects of chronic exposure of the freshwater rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus to the toxicants lindane and 3,4-dichloroaniline (DCA), were evaluated. The parameters used to determine the toxicity on these compounds were the age-specific and fertility, and the demographic parameters: intrinsic rate of natural increase (r), generation time (T), net reproductive rate (Ro), reproductive value (Vx) and life expectancy (eo). All the demographic parameters studied decreased with increasing toxicant concentrations. The use of life tables techniques with B. calyciflorus as a test method for the determination of chronic toxicity of xenobiotics is discussed.

Key words

rotifer lindane 3,4-dichloroaniline life table 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Ferrando
    • 1
  • C. R. Janssen
    • 2
  • E. Andreu
    • 1
  • G. Persoone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal Biology (Animal Physiology), Faculty of Biological SciencesUniversity of ValenciaBurjasot, ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratory for Biological Research in Aquatic PollutionState University of GhentGhentBelgium

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