Fuller, N.; Smith, J.T.; Ford, A.T.

Effects of low-dose ionising radiation on reproduction and DNA damage in marine and freshwater amphipod crustaceans

Data comprise results of laboratory experiments assessing the impacts of beta radiation (phosphorus-32) on reproduction, development and DNA damage in a marine and freshwater crustacean species. All crustacean samples were collected either from Lock Lake, Portsmouth (marine crustacean Echinogammarus marinus) or from the River Ems, Emsworth (freshwater crustacean, Gammarus pulex). Laboratory experiments were conducted periodically from summer 2015 to autumn 2016 at the University of Portsmouth. The data are of use in elucidating the mechanisms and effects of low-dose ionising radiation on an important group of model organisms in radioecology.

Publication date: 2018-08-22

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Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Fuller, N.; Smith, J.T.; Ford, A.T. (2018). Effects of low-dose ionising radiation on reproduction and DNA damage in marine and freshwater amphipod crustaceans. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/b70afb8f-0a2b-40e6-aecc-ce484256bbfb


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Study area
Temporal extent
2015-06-01    to    2016-09-30

Provenance & quality

Sperm quality data was ascertained using a LIVE/DEAD sperm viability kit on sperm suspensions obtained by dissection. DNA damage data was obtained using a modified comet assay method.

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

This paper describes the software package that was used to calculate DNA damage in the associated dataset.
This paper describes the methods used within this dataset to analyse embryo abnormalities within amphipods.
Lacaze, E., Devaux, A., Mons, R., Bony, S., Garric, J., Geffard, A., & Geffard, O. (2011). DNA damage in caged Gammarus fossarum amphipods: A tool for freshwater genotoxicity assessment. Environmental Pollution, 159(6), 1682–1691.
Fuller, N., Smith, J.T., Nagorskaya, L.L., Gudkov, D.I., & Ford, A.T. (2017). Does Chernobyl-derived radiation impact the developmental stability of Asellus aquaticus 30 years on? Science of The Total Environment, 576, 242–250
Fuller, N., Lerebours, A., Smith, J.T., & Ford, A.T. (2015). The biological effects of ionising radiation on Crustaceans: A review. Aquatic Toxicology, 167, 55-67.
Fuller, N., Ford, A.T., Nagorskaya, L.L., Gudkov, D.I., & Smith, J.T. (2018). Reproduction in the freshwater crustacean Asellus aquaticus along a gradient of radionuclide contamination at Chernobyl. Science of The Total Environment, 628–629, 11-17.

Correspondence/contact details

Fuller, N.
University of Portsmouth
School of Biological Sciences


Fuller, N.
University of Portsmouth
Smith, J.T.
University of Portsmouth
Ford, A.T.
University of Portsmouth

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NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Chernobyl Exclusion zone (CEZ) COMET,  Radioecology Radioecology,  RATE Programme TREE,  TREE project (TRansfer - Exposure - Effects (TREE) Integrating the science needed to underpin radioactivity assessments for humans and wildlife)
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L000393/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:36