Combining bioaccumulation and coping mechanism to enhance long-term site-specific risk assessment for zinc susceptibility of bivalves

Bo Ching Chen, Wei Yu Chen, Yun Ru Ju, Jeng Wei Tsai, Li John Jou, Sher Singh, Chung Min Liao

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The purpose of this study is to conduct a long-term site-specific risk assessment for zinc (Zn) susceptibility of bivalves, green mussel Perna viridis and hard clam Ruditapes philippinarum, based on published experimental data by linking the biologically-based damage assessment model with the subcellular partitioning concept. A comprehensive risk modeling framework was developed to predict susceptibility probability of two bivalve species exposed to waterborne Zn. The results indicated that P. viridis accumulates more Zn toxicity, whereas both toxic potency and the recovery rate of Zn are higher for R. philippinarum. We found that negative linear correlations exist in elimination-recovery and elimination-detoxification relationships, whereas a positive linear correlation was observed in recovery-detoxification relationships for bivalves exposed to waterborne Zn. Simulation results showed that the spatial differences of susceptibility primarily resulted from the variation of waterborne Zn concentration under field conditions. We found that R. philippinarum is more susceptible of Zn than P. viridis under the same exposure condition. Results also suggested that Zn posed no significant susceptibility risk to two bivalve species in Taiwan. We suggested that these two species can be used to biomonitor the water quality on Taiwan coastal areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-715
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 1



  • Bioaccumulation
  • Bivalves
  • Detoxification
  • Risk assessment
  • Subcellular partitioning
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

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