, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 173–179

The role of biomarkers in environmental assessment (3). Vertebrates

  • D. B. Peakall
  • C. H. Walker


The most compelling reason for using biomarkers is that they can give information on the effect of pollutants rather than mere quantification of the levels present. The most critical aspect of environmental assessment is for society to decide how much damage it is prepared to tolerate. Once this is decided it is possible to devise tests to enforce these decisions. Suites of biomarkers have the potential to play an important role in environmental assessment.


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© Chapman & Hall 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. B. Peakall
    • 1
  • C. H. Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.Monitoring and Assessment Research CentreKing's College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Animal and Microbial SciencesUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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