(full paper is archived in the Miller Library)
Title: Studies on sea urchin fertilization as a bioassay for water quality
Student Author(s): Lissant, Joyce
Faculty Advisor(s): Pearse, John
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1971
Keywords: marine pollution
Abstract: The sensitivity of sea urchin egg fertilization was tested in waters of various degrees chlorinated and unchlorinated domestic sewage. Chlorine in sewage, especially diluted sewage, was found to strongly inhibit sea urchin fertilization. Removal of chlorine suggested that there were other pollutants present in sewage effluent. The sea urchin fertilization bioassay may be useful in indicating pollution though it cannot act a the sole indicator of water quality.