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Never before has the usage of chemicals been larger than today. Many of the chemicals we use also enter into the natural environment, and aquatic systems are known to be sinks for large volumes of complex mixtures of chemicals. Within ecotoxicology we study the effects of chemicals in the environment. As the oceans are the ultimate sink for most pollutants, much of our research is focused on marine organisms and systems.

Ecotoxicology includes fundamental and applied science. It has an interdisciplinary character rooted in biology, chemistry and toxicology. It provides strategies and tools for assessing the toxicity of chemicals and consumer products, and for detecting toxic effects in the ecosystems. Ecotoxicological studies range from the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity of individual toxicants to the combined effects on populations and communities caused by the chemical cocktail present in the ecosystems.

Recent lines of development in ecotoxicology are towards cellular in vitro testing and ecotoxicogenomics, and towards ecological realism recognizing the full chemical and biological complexity of pollution situations. This development is in concordance with the regulatory changes in EU with the ongoing implementation of REACH regulation and the Water Framework Directive.

Ecotoxicology at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a complete research environment with fundamental and applied science coupled to education in environmental science and to an international master’s programme in Ecotoxicology. MScs and PhDs in Ecotoxicology have a good potential for employment in the industrial, consultant and governmental markets.



Effects of microplastics on organisms and impact on the environment

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Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging



The aim of the project is to compile current scientific information and make it accessible to all stakeholders. A special focus will be placed on human and environmental health, as well as socio-economic impact.

Participants from GU was Dr. Bethanie Carney-Almroth, Prof. Thomas Backhaus, Dr. Pedro Inostroza

See film from the final event.

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