The Effects of Crude Oil Pollution on the Behavior of Marine Invertebrates.
Final rept. 1 Nov 71-30 Jun 73,
CITY OF HOPE NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER DUARTE CALIF DIV OF NEUROSCIENCES
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A study of oil pollution has revealed that the water soluble component of the oil is potentially the most dangerous to the marine biota. This water soluble material apparently destroys the sensitive neuronal dendrites of the chemoreceptor organs. Since most marine organisms depend primarily on chemoreception for the location of food, a suitable niche or sexual partners, disruption of this function would limit severely the survival of the species. Supplementary observations on cryptic odors suggests that this natural mechanism of protection may provide a model for insect repellents. Author
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Biological Oceanography
- Water Pollution and Control