EPA Scientists Use Spiders to Track PCB Transport Across Ecosystems

NJ Office of Emergency Management Opens Public Comment Period on Draft of Hazard Mitigation Plan
March 20, 2014
EPA Proposes to Remove the Federal Creosote Site in Manville, New Jersey from Superfund List
March 20, 2014
Show all

EPA Scientists Use Spiders to Track PCB Transport Across Ecosystems

A team of EPA scientists is conducting a study that uses spiders to track the transport of PCBs through ecosystems in Lake Hartwell, SC.¬†According to the EPA Science Matters blog, “Scientists are using data from the spiders as part of long-term efforts to monitor and study the movement and remediation of¬†polychlorinated biphenyls ( PCBs).” Since PCBs travel through ecosystems by way of the food web, the scientists feel that a certain type of spider, the orb weaving spider, can serve as ideal “trackers” for PCB contamination, since these spiders are both predators and prey. The researchers hope that better knowledge of how PCBs move through the ecosystems will help others develop more effective tools to prevent contaminant migration, to limit the impact of PCB contamination on human health and the environment, and to remediate sites contaminated with PCBs.

More information is available here, and a video from the EPA, about the study is available here.

 

Comments are closed.