Accession Number : AD0762047

Title :   The Effects of Crude Oil Pollution on the Behavior of Marine Invertebrates.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Nov 71-30 Jun 73,

Corporate Author : CITY OF HOPE NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER DUARTE CALIF DIV OF NEUROSCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Kittredge,James S.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : A study of oil pollution has revealed that the water soluble component of the oil is potentially the most dangerous to the marine biota. This water soluble material apparently destroys the sensitive neuronal dendrites of the chemoreceptor organs. Since most marine organisms depend primarily on chemoreception for the location of food, a suitable niche or sexual partners, disruption of this function would limit severely the survival of the species. Supplementary observations on 'cryptic odors' suggests that this natural mechanism of protection may provide a model for insect repellents. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OILS, *MARINE BIOLOGY), (*WATER POLLUTION, OILS), INVERTEBRATES, CHEMORECEPTORS, END ORGANS, INSECTS, INSECT REPELLENTS, SENSE ORGANS

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Biological Oceanography
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE