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International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.2 (9),pp.122-126,September 2015
ISSN 2360-8803
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Original Research Article

Galaxolide® pollution of Gracilaria bursa-pastoris collected in Dardanelles: An ecotoxicological marker of Danube River water route to Aegean Sea

Kasim Cemal Guven1*, Burak Coban2 and Hüseyin Erdugan3

1Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, 81650, Istanbul, Turkey.
2Bulent Ecevit University, Department of Chemistry, Zonguldak, 67100, Turkey.
318 Mart University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Çanakkale, Turkey.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: kcguven(at)
Tel.:+ 905053887955

date Received: August 15, 2015     date Accepted: September 7, 2015     date Published: September 14, 2015


In this work, Galaxolide® pollution is reported in the alga Gracilaria bursa-pastoris (S. G. Gmelin) P. C. Silva collected from Sogandere, Dardanelles. The identification was made by GC/MS analysis. Galaxolide®, widely used in perfumery was detected in water, river, marine organisms and algae. This pollutant was earlier detected in Danube River water, in the Bulgarian coast and in red alga Laurencia pyramidalis collected from the İğneada, western Black Sea coast of Turkey. These findings can generate a proof of Danube River water circulation to the Aegean Sea and the potential use of Galaxolide® as a chemical tracer for the assessment of hydrological pollution sources in the region.

Key words: Galaxolide®, pollution, seaweed, Gracilaria bursa-pastoris.

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