Effects of 1,2-dichlorobenzene on the growth, bioenergetics and reproduction of the amphipod, Melita longidactyla

Esther Sze Ping Tong, Jason Paul van de Merwe, Jill Man Ying Chiu, Rudolf Shiu Sun Wu*

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The amphipod Melita longidactyla occurs in great abundance and serves important roles in the trophic transfer and nutrient recycling in marine systems along the Chinese coast. This study investigated the lethal dose (48h LC50), as well as sub-lethal effects of a common xenobiotic, 1,2-dichlorobenzene (1,2-DCB), on the bioenergetics, growth and reproduction of this important species. The 48h LC50 for M. longidactyla exposed to 1,2-DCB was 780μgL-1. Exposure to 20μgL-1 1,2-DCB for 3weeks resulted in 22% reduction in the growth (dry weight) and 57% reduction in the number of progeny, respectively. Furthermore, a significant reduction in RNA:DNA ratio was observed in amphipods exposed to 1,2-DCB at concentration as low as 5μgL-1, whereas significant reductions in scope for growth occurred upon exposure to higher concentrations of 1,2-DCB (10 and 20μgL-1) for 3 and 5weeks. Our results showed that environmentally relevant concentrations of 1,2-DCB can affect the bioenergetics and more importantly, growth and reproduction of M. longidactyla, implicating that 1,2-DCB may affect the recruitment and sustainability of natural populations of this ecologically important species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Amphipods
  • Bioenergetics
  • Dichlorobenzene
  • Growth
  • Reproduction


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