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Brazil as a country in economic expansion is increasingly demanding new technologies for production, processing and distribution of products. One of the growing sectors in the country is the port sector, which has direct contact with water systems, often negatively impacting aquatic ecosystems. The increasing use of anti-fouling biocides in boats, coupled with increased use of the waterway system, has generated a number of ecological damages, as many biocides are toxic and have effects on aquatic animals. In order to protect marine communities, it is necessary to diagnose the contamination / pollution of coastal and marine ecosystems by biocides from antifouling systems. Such concern is especially relevant in areas under the influence of ports, marinas and shipyard, where the contributions are more intense. In addition, these regions are generally highly ecologically relevant because they are located in estuarine areas that serve as nurseries and feeding and protection areas for many aquatic organisms. Therefore, the present proposal has as main objective the development and application of tools to evaluate environmental quality, such as improvement of analytical methods, toxicokinetic evaluation of these contaminants inside organisms, and application of biomarkers to verify the biological effects generated. In addition, the present proposal intends to point out a species of fish of wide national distribution, for standardization in relation to this type of environmental assessment. In order for the objectives to be achieved, the project aims to focus efforts on training and improving human resources, through the integration of different teams (linked to three post-graduate programs and a foreign research institution) involved in the proposal. In this sense, the provision of scholarships at all levels, as well as the carrying out of study, research and teaching missions, will also contribute to the strengthening and consolidation of the postgraduate programs involved. Therefore, the joint work of the teams gives the proposal an inter and transdisciplinary character, allowing the transmission of the knowledge generated to the scientific community, bodies involved with public policies of the environment, and for society.
Project leader: Dr. Gilberto Fillmann
Project staff:
Ednei Gilberto Primel
Maristela Barnes Rodrigues Cerqueira
Sergiane Souza Caldas
Karina Lotz Soares
Ítalo Braga Castro
Samantha Eslava Gonçalves Martins
Grasiela Lopes Leaes Pinho
Ricardo Luvizotto Santos
Lia Gracy Rocha Diniz
Teresa Cristina Rodrigues dos Santos Franco
Thiessa Maramaldo de Almeida Oliveira
Damiâ Barceló
Nathalia Athan Jorge
Marinela Ferre

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