Acute sensitivity to Nitokra sp benthic copepod to potassium dichromate and ammonia chloride

E. Sousa, L. Zaroni, T. Bergmann Filho, L. Marconato, A. KirschBaum, M. Gasparro

Abstract


The present study assesses acute toxicity of non-ionized ammonia and potassium dichromate using the estuarine benthic copepod Nitokra sp from laboratory cultures. Bioassays with non-ionized ammonia sensitivity were carried out, and the mean. Bioassays with non-ionized ammonia sensitivity were carried out, and the mean of LC(I)50-96h was 1.7 mg.L-1. – LC(I)50-96h was 1.7 mg.L-1. Potassium dichromate was used as reference substance in two distinct periods of exposure and the mean LC(I)50-48h and LC(I)50-96h values were 55.61 mg.L-1and 21.70 mg.L-1, respectively. The organism showed sensitivity to the toxic agents used and good reproducibility of results, indispensable factors for use in ecotoxicological assays.

Keywords: bioassay, acute sensitivity test, potassium dichromate, ammonium chlorinate, estuarine copepod

 


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