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BEEP: Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in marine coastal ecosytems

Type of Entry: Project
Website: http://www.beep.u-bordeaux1.fr/
Duration: 2001 - 2004

BEEP is a three-year EU research programme with about 30 participating Institutes. This progroject aims to improve and develop knowledge of biological markers in marine organisms exposed to chemicals, thereby improving the quality of environmental data for the protection of the environment and consumers of marine food.

The program will determine and standardise a battery of biomarkers to be used on a variety of ecological relevant species and to be implemented in national and international monitoring programmes.

The program is running in such marine area as.)


  • Mediterranean Sea (and especially in Ebro Delta, Elefis Bay,Gulf of Marseille and Western Ligurian Coast )
  • Baltic Sea
  • North Sea
  • North Atlantic

The methods should also be implicated in Environmental Risk Assessments to define acceptance criteria of exposure and effects and thereby representing sensitive methods that can be monitored in relevant field exposure scenarios.

BEEP has four main work-packages, one is for the development of new biomarkers, and the three others represent validation and response studies in three different coastal regions.

This integrated multi-disciplinary, site and marker research project combines specialEuropean expertise in biology, biochemistry, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, data handling and economics which will enable a comprehensive study of selected coastal European environments and their responses when exposed to varying levels of pollution and numerous chemical contaminants.

The specific objectives of the BEEP project are:

  • to develop new biological markers ranging over different levels of biological organisations
  • to validate the use of selected biomarkers in specific sites for both routine assessment ofchemical contamination and for the improvement of national and international monitoring programmes
  • to validate a methodology for the biomarker exploration in ecological risk assessment
  • to prepare information and advices for user group, policy-makers and fishery institutionsabout biological effects of chemical contamination on coastal marine resources
  • to establish a network of biomarker researchers through European countries.
Keywords: Coastal landscapes and ecosystems, Monitoring and evaluation, Risk and Safety
The basic information about BEEP project. (78.133 Bytes)
The obtained results from the BEEP project. (233.612 Bytes)
Contact: Dr Philippe Garrigues
LPTC - University of Bordeaux I
351 Cours de la Libération
Telephone: +33 540 00 63 05
Fax: +33 540 00 22 67
E-Mail: p.garrigues@lptc.u-bordeaux1.fr
Website: www.lptc.u-bordeaux1.fr
Partner: IFREMER (www.ifremer.fr)
Finnish Institute of Marine Research (www.fimr.fi)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (www.plm.ac.uk)
Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao (www.lg.ehu.es)
National Center for Marine Research, Athens (www.ncmr.gr)
Université du Havre (www.univ-lehavre.fr)
CID/CSIC, Barcelona (www.cid.csic.es)
Université de Bretagne, Occidentale, Brest (www.univ-brest.fr)
Technisches Universität Berlin, (www.tu-berlin.de)
CTIS, Lyon,
Göteborg University (www.zool.gu.se)
Alfred Wegener Institutes for Polar and Marine Research (www.awi-bremerhaven.de)
Institute of Ecology, Vilnius (www.takas.lt)
Stockholm University (www.itm.su.se)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (www.chembio.ntnu.no)
University of Reading (www.reading.ac.uk)
INRA, Antibes (www.antibes.inra.fr)
Institute für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde (www.io-warnemuende.de)
Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (www.rktl.fi)
Institut fûr Fischerökologie, Cuxhaven ( t.lang@t-online.de)
Institute for Oceanology (www.iopan.gda.pl)
Gdansk University (www.biotech.univ.gda.pl)
Tel Aviv University (www.post.tau.ac.il)
Institute of Applied Ecology, Neu Broderstorf (www.ifaoe.de)
National Cancer Institute, Genova, (www.380.ist.unige.it)
Plymouth University (www.plymouth.ac.uk)
Universita Amedeo Avogadro, Alessandria (www.unipmn.it)
RF-Rogaland Research, Stavanger, (www.rf.no)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (www.bio.auth.gr)
Budget: 4.000.000
Financed by: European Commission