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Bioaccumulation of PAHs in Padina boryana Alga Collected from a Contaminated Site on the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
Huda A. Qari1, Ibrahim A. Hassan2,3
 
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1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2Centre of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES), King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, 21526 El Shatby, Alexandria, Egypt
Online publish date: 2017-01-31
Publish date: 2017-01-31
Submission date: 2016-05-04
Final revision date: 2016-06-27
Acceptance date: 2016-06-28
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2017;26(1):435–439
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We used the brown alga Padina boryanawas to determine polyromantic hydrocarbons (PAHs) bioaccumulation at a Jeddah City seashore. We also measured PAHs in the coastal water and in algal tissues using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Acenaphthene (Ace) and dibenzo(a,h)anthrancene (dB(a,h)An) were the main PAHs in sea water (50.02 and 46.18 ng l-1, respectively) and in algal tissues (64.67 and 72.45ng g-1, respectively), respectively. The ratios of low molecular weight/high molecular weight hydrocarbons (1.76-1.44), fluoranthene/pyrene (1.57-1.52), and phenanthrene/anthracene (0.86-0.67) in seawater and algal tissues indicated the origin of PAHs to be mainly pyrogenic.
The high concentrations of PAHs in algal tissues demonstrated the utility of using Padina boryana as a biomonitor of PAH contamination and bioavailability in the coastal waters.
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