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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11157-11167; doi:10.3390/s111211157

Earthworms and Soil Pollutants

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Department of Life and Environment Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 808-0135, Japan
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Division of Teacher Training, Faculty of Education and Culture, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, 889-2192, Japan
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Received: 12 October 2011 / Revised: 1 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing of Toxic and Hazardous Metals in Various Environmental Media)
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Abstract

Although the toxicity of metal contaminated soils has been assessed with various bioassays, more information is needed about the biochemical responses, which may help to elucidate the mechanisms involved in metal toxicity. We previously reported that the earthworm, Eisenia fetida, accumulates cadmium in its seminal vesicles. The bio-accumulative ability of earthworms is well known, and thus the earthworm could be a useful living organism for the bio-monitoring of soil pollution. In this short review, we describe recent studies concerning the relationship between earthworms and soil pollutants, and discuss the possibility of using the earthworm as a bio-monitoring organism for soil pollution.
Keywords: earthworm; metal; oxidative DNA damage earthworm; metal; oxidative DNA damage
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Hirano, T.; Tamae, K. Earthworms and Soil Pollutants. Sensors 2011, 11, 11157-11167.

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