Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Whitefleet-Smith, JoAnn L.

Abstract

Crayfish near industrial developments are commonly exposed to polyaromatic hydrocarbons such as Benzo[alpha]Pyrene which has been shown to bioaccumulate or metabolize. To test this, sample groups of crayfish were fed B[a]P contaminated food followed by clean food at 7 designated time points. Extracted tissue samples were analyzed using HPLC. Increased B[a]P concentrations or possible metabolites correlated with the amount of B[a]P ingested. This process will help to understand how keystone organisms are affected by common carcinogens in their natural environment.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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