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ECOTOXICOLOGY


Lesson code: 
GM.MGB.8.1
Teaching Units: 
3
Credits (ECTS): 
6
Teachning (hours): 
2
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3

Cognitive: The subject of the classes in ‘Ecotoxicology – Biomarkers’ refers to the effects of the environmental pollution on the various levels of life, such as those of molecules, biochemical pathways, cells, tissues, organisms and populations. In addition, it refers to the basic methods of biomonitoring by the use of biomarkers, proposed by international organizations, in the field and in the laboratory.

Affective: Sensitization in environmental issues through the knowledge of the results of pollution.

Skills: Knowledge  of methods and techniques used on the evaluation  of the pollution (biomonitoring of the pollution) on biochemical, cellular and

community level.

Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures and laboratory work.

Course Contents: 

Major classes of pollutants - Routes by which pollutants enter ecosystems -The fate of pollutants in organisms and ecosystems - Molecular-biochemical effects of pollutants - Effects of pollutants in the physiology – Effects on cells and tissues - Effects on individual organisms - Biomarkers. Introduction to biomonitoring of pollution - Biomonitoring of the pollution in the field - Changes in population dynamics. Changes in communities and ecosystems.

Laboratory Exercises: 

1. Application of cellular-histochemical techniques using the optical microscope for the evaluation of the pollution, 2. Usage of biochemical techniques  for the evaluation of pollution, 3.Application of population parameters and indices for the evaluation of the pollution

 

 

Recommended books: 

1. V. Dimitriadis, Μ. Κaloyianni, and Μ. Lazaridou, 2007.  Ecotoxicology, notes from the lectures

2. CH Walker, Steve P. Hopkin, RM Sibly, 2005. Principles of Ecotoxicology. Taylor & Francis

 

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures and laboratory skills

Assessment Methods: 

Written examinations

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