Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Vanninen, Paula
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Chemical Warfare Agents in the Baltic Sea: biodegradation, metabolism and toxicity
Beslutnr 330467
Beslutsdatum 27.05.2020
Finansierings period 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023
Finansiering 249 839
Beskrivning av projektet
Historical dumping practices of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) collide with vital economic interests in European coastal waters. Thus far the research in the marine environment has focused only on primary degradation products of toxic phenylarsenic CWAs and sulfur mustard. To make comprehensive risk assessments, total chemical burden and characteristics of dumped CWAs and their degradation products must be known. The aim of this study is to identify jet unknown CWA-related chemicals produced by Baltic Sea sediment microbiota. These chemicals have most likely significant impact on total CWA burden in marine environment. For environmental risk assessment, toxicity, bioaccumulation and biological effects in aquatic organisms are provided by this project. Public awareness of sea dumped munitions will be increased and the project results will be disseminated to authorities and decision makers dealing with dumped munitions via international networks.