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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to identify the most suitable biotests to establish a scientific basis for making decisions concerning environmental protection in relation to various situations. Biotests may be applied to several environmental problems, the most common being: 1. to assess the water quality of a river and its effluents; 2. to monitor a polluted water course and its effluents continuously; 3. to know the distribution of an effluent in the receiving water body and its effects on the biota; 4. to evaluate the effectiveness of a waste water treatment plant and/or any action to reduce the pollution loading to the water course; 5. to screen new substances according to their potential hazard and to compare the harmful effects of traditional pollutants; 6. to predict the effects of one or more pollutants on the natural community. For each of these problems the most suitable biotests are suggested and the advantages and the disadvantages of each biotest are discussed. From this discussion it can clearly be seen which biotests need more study and which may be applied without additional research.

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Authors: RAVERA O JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: WORKSHOP ON BIOLOGICAL TESTING OF EFFLUENTS, DULUTH, MINNESOTA (USA), SEPT. 10-14, 1984 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31686 ORA
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