Environmental toxicology

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Illustration of environmental toxicology

Toxicology is the study of toxic compounds and how these compounds can affect living organisms. In environmental toxicology we are especially concerned with how compounds are being distributed in the environment and taken up in the food chain, thereby affecting important components of the ecosystem. At the same time knowledge about how these compounds exert their mechanisms of action in a few species provides a basis for understanding effects in related groups. In this way fish, e.g. zebrafish, can be useful model organisms for understanding mechanisms that cannot be studied in humans or polar bears.


Celebrating excellence in environmental toxicology at NSFT's 2024 winter meeting

The Environmental Toxicology group attended the annual winter meeting at Beitostølen arranged by the Norwegian Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology (NSFT) amidst the breathtaking mountain winter landscape, taking home two presentation awards.

Trawling for fish in the Oslo fjord at sunset

Catching cod in the Oslo fjord

Several partners of the dCod 1.0 project participated in field studies in the Oslo fjord. The aim of the expedition was to study the pollution levels of cod in this popular area. For two of the four days they were joined by ecology students and teachers from the University of Oslo.

Image showing an Orca whale ascending towards the sea surface lit by sunlight spreading from a narrow point above


Whales and polar bear in a petri dish: decoding marine mammal toxicology through in vitro and in silico approaches

How environmental pollutants can threaten our health

Even low doses of environmental pollutants can threaten our health. The current epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes in western countries may be directly related to the effects of even small amounts of environmental pollutants on our bodies.

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