Ecotoxicology Publications

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Published articles from the Ecotoxicology Group are listed below. This includes all our work on ecotoxicology, not just our microplastics work:

  • Chen, X., O’Halloran, J., Jansen, M.A.K. (2016) The toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles to Lemna minor (L.) is predominantly caused by dissolved Zn. Aquatic Toxicology 174, pp.46-53.
  • Doerr B, O’Halloran J, O’Brien N & van Pelt F. (2016) Investigation of the genotoxic potential of the marine biotoxins azaspiracid 1–3. 121: 61-69.
  • Lahive Elma, O’Halloran John, Jansen Marcel A.K. (2015) A marriage of convenience; a simple food chain comprised of Lemna minor (L.) and Gammarus pulex (L.) to study the dietary transfer of zinc. Plant Biology (2015) 17, 75-81.
  • Juhel G, Ramsay RM, Davenport J, O’Halloran J, Culloty SC. (2015) Effect of the microcystin-producing cyanobacterium, Microcystis aeruginosa, on immune functions of the Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha. Journal of Shellfish Research, 34:433-442.
  • McCarthy M, Bane V, Garcia Altares M, van Pelt FNAM, Furey A, O’Halloran J. (2015) Assessment of emerging biotoxins (pinnatoxin G and spirolides) at Europe’s first marien reserve: Lough Hyne. Toxicon, 108:202-209.
  • McCarthy M, O’Halloran J, O’Brien NM, van Pelt FNAM. (2014) Does the marine biotoxin okadaic acid cause DNA fragmentation in the blue mussel and the pacific oyster? Mar Environ Res, 101:153-160.
  • McCarthy M, van Pelt FNAM, Bane V, O’Halloran J, Furey A. (2014) Application of passive (SPATT) and active sampling methods in the profiling and monitoring of marine biotoxins. Toxicon, 89:77-86.
  • Dauphard J, Lehane M, van Pelt FNAM, O’Halloran J, Furey A. (2014) Anatoxin: chemistry, effects, source, metabolism, and detection. In: Botana LM (ed) Seafood and freshwater toxins: pharmacology, physiology, and detection, Third Edition. CRC Press, pp 1061-1072.
  • Elma Lahive, John O’Halloran, Marcel A.K. Jansen. (2012) Frond development gradients are a determinant of the impact of zinc on photosynthesis in three species of Lemnaceae. Aquatic Botany (2012), 101, 55-63.
  • Carey B, Sáez MJF, Hamilton B, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, James KJ. (2012) Elucidation of the mass fragmentation pathways of the polyether marine toxins, dinophysistoxins, and identification of isomer discrimination processes. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26:1793-1802.
  • Elma Lahive, Michael J.A. O’Callaghan, Marcel A.K. Jansen, and John O’Halloran. (2011) Uptake and partitioning of zinc in Lemnaceae. Ecotoxicology, (2011) 20, 1992-2002.
  • Guillaume Juhel, Emeline Batisse, Quitterie Hugues, Deirdre Daly, Frank N.A.M. van Pelt,  John O’Halloran, and Marcel A.K. Jansen. (2011) Alumina nanoparticles enhance growth of Lemna minor. Aquatic Toxicology, (2011) 105, 328-336.
  • O’Driscoll D, Škrabáková Z, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, James KJ. (2011) Mussels increase xenobiotic (azaspiracid) toxicity using a unique bioconversion mechanism. Environ Sci Technol, 45:3102-3108.
  • Elma Lahive, John O’Halloran, Marcel A.K. Jansen. (2010) Differential sensitivity of four Lemnaceae species to zinc sulphate. Environmental Experimental Botany (2010) 71, 25-33.
  • Dilip K. Biswas, Gillian Scannell, Nurlan Akhmetov, Dara Fitzpatrick, Marcel A.K. Jansen. (2010) 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol mediated increases in extracellular peroxidase activity in three species of Lemnaceae. Aquatic Toxicology (2010) 100, 289-294.
  • James K, Carey B, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Škrabáková Z. (2010) Shellfish toxicity: human health implications of marine algal toxins. Epidemiology and infection, 138:927-940.
  • Skrabáková Z, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, James KJ. (2010) Food contaminant analysis at ultra-high mass resolution: application of hybrid linear ion trap – orbitrap mass spectrometry for the determination of the polyether toxins, azaspiracids, in shellfish. Rapid communications in mass spectrometry, 24:2966-2974.
  • Kilemade M, Hartl MGJ, O’Halloran J, O’Brien NM, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, van Pelt FNAM. (2009) Effects of contaminated sediment from Cork Harbour, Ireland on the cytochrome P450 system of turbot. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 72:747-755.
  • O’Connell MM, Smiddy P, O’Halloran J. (2009) Lead Poisoning in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in Ireland: Recent changes. Biology and Environment, 109(B):53-60.
  • O’Connell M, Rees R, Einarsson O, Spray C, Thorstensen S, J. OHalloran. (2008) Blood lead levels in wintering and moulting Icelandic Whooper swans over two decades. Journal of Zoology, 276:21-27.
  • Hartl MG, Kilemade M, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, O’Halloran J, O’Brien NM, van Pelt FNAM. (2007) Hepatic biomarkers of sediment-associated pollution in juvenile turbot, Scopthalmus maximus L. Marine Environmemntal Research, 64:191-208.
  • Juhel G, O’Halloran J, Culloty SC, O’Riordan R, Davenport J, O’Brien NM, James K, Furey A, Allis O. (2007) In vivo exposure to microcystins induces DNA damage in the haemocytes of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, as measured with the comet assay. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 48:22-29.
  • Dowling V, Hoarau PC, Romeo M, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, O’Brien N, Sheehan D. (2006) Protein carbonylation and heat shock response in Ruditapes decussatus following p,p ‘-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) exposure: A proteomic approach reveals that DDE causes oxidative stress. Aquatic Toxicology, 77:11-18.
  • Hartl MGJ, Kilemade M, Coughlan BM, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, O’Brien NM. (2006) A two-species biomarker model for the assessment of sediment toxicity in the marine and estuarine environment. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, 41:939-953.
  • Juhel G, Davenport J, O’Halloran J, Culloty S, O’Riordan R, James K, Furey A, Allis O. (2006) Impacts of micro cystins on the feeding behaviour and energy balance of zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha: a bioenergetics approach. Aquatic Toxicology, 79:391-400.
  • Juhel G, Davenport J, O’Halloran J, Culloty S, Ramsay R, James K, Furey A, Allis O. (2006) Pseudodiarrhoea in zebra mussels Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) exposed to microcystins. Journal of Experimental Biology, 209:810-816.
  • Ni Shuilleabhain S, Mothersill C, Sheehan D, O’Brien NM, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Kilemade M, Davoren M. (2006) Cellular responses in primary epidermal cultures from rainbow trout exposed to zinc chloride. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 65:332-341.
  • Davoren M, Ni Shuilleabhain S, Hartl MGJ, Tyrell L, Sheehan D, O’Brien NM, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Mothersill C. (2005) Assessing the potential of fish cell lines as tools for the cytotoxicity testing of estuarine sediment elutriates. Toxicology in Vitro, 19:421–431.
  • Ni Shuilleabhain S, Davoren M, Mothersill C, Sheehan D, Hartl MGJ, Kilemade M, O’Brien NM, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Lyng FM. (2005) Identification of a multi xenobiotic resistance mechanism in primary cultured epidermal cells from Oncorhynchus mykiss and the effects of environmental complex mixtures on its activity. Aquatic Toxicology, 73:115-127.
  • Hartl M, van Pelt FNAM, O’Halloran J. (2005) Development and Application of Sediment Toxicity Tests for Regulatory Purposes. In: Lehr JH, Keeley J, Lehr J (eds) Water Encyclopedia, Volume 2, Water Quality and Resource Development. Wiley, pp 383-386.
  • M.A.K. Jansen, L.M. Hill, R.N.F. Thorneley. (2004) A novel stress acclimation response in Spirodela punctata (Lemnaceae): Oxidative dechlorination of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol. Plant Cell Environ. (2004) 27, 603-613.
  • Byrne PA, O’Halloran J. (2004) The impact of ballast water effluent on the Manila clam, Tapes semidecussatus. Ecotoxicology, 13:311-322.
  • Kilemade M, Hartl MGJ, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, van Pelt FNAM, O’Brien N, O’Halloran J. (2004) An assessment of the pollutant status of surficial sediment in Cork Harbour in the south of Ireland with particular reference to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 49:1084-1096.
  • Kilemade M, Hartl MGJ, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, van Pelt FNAM, O’Halloran J, O’Brien NM. (2004) Genotoxicity of field-collected inter-tidal sediments from Cork Harbour, Ireland to turbot (Scophthalmus maximus). Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 44:56-64.
  • Ni Shuilleabhain S, Mothersill C, Sheehan D, O’Brien NM, O’Halloran J, van Pelt FNAM, Davoren M. (2004) In vitro cytoxicity testng in three zinc metal salts using establioshed fish cell lines. Toxicology in Vitro, 18:365-376.
  • O’Halloran J. (2004) Use of learning outcomes in the teaching of ecotoxicology: a personal reflection. In: Hyland A (ed) University College Cork as a Learning Organisation. University College Cork, pp 53-58.
  • O’Reilly S, Morgan G, Heffron JJ, O’Halloran J. (2004) A review of the composition, treatment and ecological effects of road runoff. In: Davenport J, Davenport J (eds) The effects of human transport on ecosystems: Cars and planes, boats and trains. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, pp 63-82.
  • O’Halloran J, Irwin S, Harrison S, Smiddy P, O’Mahony B. (2003) Mercury and organochlorine content of dipper Cinclus cinclus eggs in south-west Ireland trends during 1990-1999. Environmental Pollution, 123:85-93.
  • Ni Shuilleabhain S, Davoren M, Hartl MGJ, O’Halloran J. (2003) In vitro ecotoxicological assessment of aquatic sediments. In: Mothersill C, Austin B (eds) In vitro methods in aquatic toxicology. Springer Verlag, pp 327-374.
  • Coughlan BM, Hartl MGJ, O’Reilly SJ, Sheehan D, Mothersill C, van Pelt FNAM, O’Halloran J, O’Brien NM. (2002) Detecting genotoxicity using the Comet Assay following chronic exposure of Manila clam Tapes semidecussatus to polluted estuarine sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 44:1359-1365.
  • O’Halloran J, Smiddy P, Quishi X, O’Leary R, Hayes C. (2002) Trends in Mute Swan blood lead levels: evidence of grit reducing lead poisoning. Waterbirds, 25:363 367.
  • Byrne PA, O’Halloran J. (2001) The role of bivalve molluscs as tools in estuarine sediment toxicity testing: a review. Hydrobiologia, 465:209-217.
  • Byrne PA, O’Halloran J. (2001) The use of Manila clam Tapes semidecussatus and Scrobicularia plana in sediment toxicity testing: a review. In: Burnell GM (ed) Coastal shellfish: a sustainable resource. Kluwer Academic Publications, pp 209-217.
  • Byrne PA, O’Halloran J. (2000) Acute and sub-lethal toxicity of estuarine sediments to the Manila Clam Tapes semidecussatus. Environmental Toxicology, 15:456-467.
  • Byrne PA, O’Halloran J. (1999) Aspects of assaying sediment toxicity in Irish estuarine ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 39:97-105.
  • Walsh AR, O’Halloran J. (1998) Accumulation of chromium by a population of mussels (Mytilus edulis (L.)) exposed to leather tannery effluent. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 17:1429-1438.
  • Holland, Y. Evron, M.A.K. Jansen, M. Edelman and U. Pick. (1997) Involvement of thylakoid over-energization in tentoxin-induced chlorosis in Nicotiana. Plant Physiol. (1997) 114, 887-892.
  • Fitzpatrick PJ, O’Halloran J, Sheehan D, Walsh AR. (1997) Assessment of a glutathione S-transferase and related proteins in the gill and digestive gland of Mytilus edulis (L), as a potential organic pollution biomarkers. Biomarkers, 2:51-56 .
  • Walsh AR, O’Halloran J. (1997) The toxicity of leather Tannery effluent to a population of blue mussels Mytilus edulis. Ecotoxicology, 6:137-152.
  • Giller PS, Myers AA, O’Halloran J. (1997) Ecological systems, disturbance and pollution. In: Kiely G (ed) Environmental Engineering. McGraw Hill UK, pp 231-262.
  • Giller PS, Myers AA, O’Halloran J. (1997) Water pollution: Ecological perspectives. In: Kiely G (ed) Environmental Engineering. McGraw Hill UK, pp 263-302.
  • O’Halloran J, Walsh AR, Fitzpatrick PJ. (1997) Methods of trace metals analysis. In: Sheehan D (ed) Bioremediation Protocols. Humana Press, pp 201-211.
  • Walsh AR, O’Halloran J. (1996) The accumulation of chromium by mussels Mytilus edulis (L) as a function of valency, solubility and ligation. Mar Environ Res, 43:41-43.
  • Walsh AR, O’Halloran J. (1996) Chromium speciation in tannery effluent—II. Speciation in the effluent and in a receiving estuary Water Research 30 (10), 2401-2411.
  • Walsh AR, O’Halloran J. (1996) Chromium speciation in tannery effluent (I): An assessment of techniques and the role of organic Cr III complexes. Water Research, 30:2393-2400.
  • Walsh A, O’Halloran J, Gower AM. (1994) Some effects of elevated levels of Chromium III in sediments to mullet Chelon labrosus (R.). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 27:168-176.
  • M.A.K. Jansen, S. Malkin, A.K. Mattoo and M. Edelman. (1993) Direct demonstration of binding site competition between photosystem II inhibitors at the QB-niche of the D1 protein. Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. (1993) 46, 78-83.
  • O’Halloran J, Ormerod SJ, Smiddy PS, O’Mahony B. (1993) Organochlorines and mercury contents of Dipper Cinclus cinclus eggs in south-west Ireland. Biology and Environment, 93(B):25-31.
  • M.A.K. Jansen, C. Malan, Y. Shaaltiel and J. Gressel. (1990) Mode of evolved photo-oxidant resistance to herbicides and xenobiotics. Z. Naturforsch. (1990) 45c, 463-469.
  • O’Halloran J, Myers AA, Duggan PF. (1988) Blood lead levels and free red blood cell protoporphyrin as a measure of lead exposure in Mute swans. Environmental Pollution, 51:19-38.
  • O’Halloran J, Myers AA, Duggan PF. (1988) Lead poisoning in swans and sources of contamination in Ireland. Journal of Zoology (London), 216:211-223.
  • O’Halloran J, Myers AA, Duggan PF. (1987) Lead poisoning in swans and angling practice in Ireland. In: Richardson DHS (ed) Biological Indicators of Pollution. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, pp 183-191.
  • O’Halloran J, Duggan PF. (1984) Lead levels in Mute swans in Cork. Irish Birds, 2:501-514.