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Mar Environ Res. 2000 Jun;49(5):483-6.

Networking and expert-system analysis: next frontier in biomonitoring.

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Department of Science and Advanced Technology, University of Eastern Piedmont at Alessandria, Corso Borsalino 54, 15100 Alessandria, Italy.


The extensive use of biomarkers in environment biomonitoring programmes has raised the problem of data management and intercomparison. A research project (Pollution Effect Network, PEN) is proposed here, consisting of the realisation of an on-line warehouse for biomarker data ( The web site will contain repository sections and expert system procedures able to integrate information from different biomarkers and provide ranking of the organism health status in terms of synthetic stress syndrome indexes. Researchers accessing the site will be able to submit and process their own data. This will allow common criteria in the evaluation of the biological effects of pollutants, and an intercomparison of biomonitoring data among different geographic areas and sentinel species.

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