The freshwater golden apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, is one of the world's 100 worst invasive alien species. The snails' wide distribution, high abundance, and sensitivity to environmental pollution make them a potential bioindicator for environmental contamination. In this study, the biochemical status of golden apple snails collected from paddy fields throughout the island of Taiwan was examined. This study found that the biochemical status of apple snails collected from paddy fields differed from that of animals bred and maintained in the laboratory. Furthermore, certain biochemical endpoints of the snails collected from the paddy fields before and after agricultural activities were also different-hemolymphatic vitellogenin protein was induced in male snail after exposure to estrogen-like chemicals, the hepatic monooxygenase (1.97±0.50 ΔA650mm 30 min-1 mg-1 protein in control group) and glutathione S transferase (0.02±0.01 A 350mm 30 min-1 mg protein in control group) snails exposed to pesticides, as well as the hepatopancreatic levels of aspartate aminotransferase (450.00±59.40 U mg mg protein in control group) and alanine aminotransferase (233.27±42.09 U mg' mg protein in control group) decreased the indicating that xenobiotics destroyed hepatopancreatic. The above findings reveal that apple snail could be used as a practical bioindicatorto monitor anthropogenic environmental pollution.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Environmental Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Jun|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis