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  • During the past 10 years the embryos and larvae of oysters and some species of clams have been employed to quickly assess the biological effects of various substances in marine water samples. The best materials have included some insecticides, herbicides, antibiotics, detergents, a variety of other compounds, and a few industrial effluents. The common Bay mussel, Mytilus edulis, possesses certain unique features which suggest that its embryos and larvae also might be employed advantageously in routine laboratory bioassays made in saltwater samples -- much in the same ways that guppy fish and the crustaceans Daphnia are used as test organisms at some freshwater stations. This study also will include the biological evaluation of the efficacies of a variety of waste treatments by utilizing mussel and other bivalves, fishes and other representative marine species as test organisms.
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