Monitoring metal uptake in invertebrates living in potentially contaminated environments is fraught with challenges, particularly related to obtaining enough samples for laboratory analysis and examining the variation among individuals or species in the environment. TrichAnalytics Inc. characterizes elemental and metal signatures at microscopic scales that includes individual invertebrates, as well as their individual body parts. Why does this matter? Micro-analysis of invertebrates can reveal:

  • the metal concentrations in the gut of an invertebrate to help characterize dietary exposure in a contaminated environment;
  • the accumulation of selenium, or other metals, in single eggs or larvae;
  • if and how much calcite precipitates on the carapace or antennae of a water flea under various water quality scenarios or water treatments; and,
  • the variation in metal uptake by different benthic invertebrate species downstream of a mine effluent discharge.

While invertebrates are typically very small, analysis of these species can have big impacts on industry. The cause of their survival and mortality can have huge financial implications to mines wanting to discharge effluent into an aquatic system or for the design of a multi-million dollar water treatment system. Using conventional analyses to solve complex industry issues are not always possible or economically feasible. TrichAnalytics Inc. can streamline our analytical approach to address your specific questions or challenges.