PHC Maghreb
Model species (Mytilus galloprovincialis) (photo: M. Guibbolini)
Mediterranean Sea; environment; pollution; ecotoxicology; biomonitoring; bioindicators; biomarker.
CNRS FRE 3729 ECOMERS, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
Christine Risso-de Faverney

University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNS), France (Lead Partner);

University of Oran, Algeria;

University of Tanger, Morocco;

University of Monastir, Tunisia.

Program Partnership Hubert Curien (PHC) "Maghreb" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministries of Education and Scientific Research of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Global funding: 76 650 euros (22 650 euros in 2015, 28 540 euros in 2016 to ECOMERS).


December 31st, 2014 - December 31st, 2017

  • Biomonitoring of marine ecosystems, along the coasts of the Western Mediterranean basin (Morocco-Algeria-Tunisia), is carried out by a multibiomarker approach and chemical analyses of pollutants, in order to evaluate the marine environmental quality, through a spatio-temporal approach.
  • An ecotoxicological diagnosis following a methodological framework is established by using a relevant set of biomarkers and physico-chemical indicators. This approach is proposed for the detection of sublethal toxicity effects that can give indications about the onset of disturbance and provide an early and predictive warning signal of the deleterious impact on marine ecosystems.
  • The results validate the set of biomarkers as a relevant diagnosis tool of the state of health of marine ecosystem, improve the scientific knowledge about the biological effects of chemical pollution on different marine animal species, give scientific and technical basis for a large-scale biomonitoring of the marine ecosystems.
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