Effect of domestic effluent on physiology of mangrove crab subspecies
Centre universitaire de Mayotte, Mayotte, France (January-August 2014)
In vitro exposure of mangrove crabs to domestic effluent to validate an innovative waste water treatment solution in the densely populated island of Mayotte
To face the problem of waste-water treatment resulting from the demographic explosion of Mayotte Island, the experimental station of Malamani was set up. After treatment in an Imhoff tank, the domestic effluent of about 400 inhabitant is released in the local mangrove every other low-tide. Investigating the impact of domestic effluent on physiology and osmoregulation of mangrove crabs, I revealed that adding low salinity effluent has a greater negative impact on the osmoregulatory capacity of the animal than the effluent’s toxicity itself (1 publication, 2 posters).
In parallel to my studies, I have worked on the setting up of the biology laboratory of the young university of Mayotte, inaugurated in January 2014.