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2012, Oceanography 25(1):304–305, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.34

BOOK REVIEW | Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems

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Book Information

Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems
By Thomas S. Bianchi and Elizabeth A. Canuel, Princeton University Press, 2011, 396 pages,
ISBN 978-0-69d1-13414-7, $95 US Hardcover



Christopher C. Parrish | Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada


First Paragraph

In order to measure inputs, cycling, and loss of material in aquatic ecosystems, a wide range of compounds and analytical tools is now available. Biological markers are compounds, or groups of compounds, that can be used as indicators or signatures of individual organisms or groups of organisms, or of certain environmental processes. Molecular biomarkers can be DNA fragments or smaller molecules that are easily determined using standard chromatographic techniques. Anthropogenic compounds can be used as wastewater markers to locate sources and pathways of transport as well as to determine pollutant loading.


Full Review

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Parrish, C.C. 2012. Review of Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems, by T.S. Bianchi and E.A. Canuel. Oceanography 25(1):304–305, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.34.