CE34 - Contaminants, écosystèmes et santé

Evaluation and quantification of the impact of Sunscreen Pollution On Coral – SPOC

Submission summary

UV filters are widely used for skin protection against cancer. Their impact on corals was poorly investigated but it was shown that octocrylene and several benzophenone filters exert direct detrimental effects on corals, and that other ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics exacerbate their toxicity. The SPOC project will search for stress biomarkers in corals to introduce a practical reliable tool to quantify coral response to pollutants and evaluate all UV filters allowed in cosmetic products in Europe, while considering the public health importance of sunscreens. Eventually, we will also investigate on the relationship between site contamination and the observed decrease of coral bleaching temperature threshold, and we will qualify wild sites water quality for coral well-being through transplantation experiments and biomarker-based quantification of coral stress.

Project coordination

Philippe Lebaron (Laboratoire de biodiversité et biotechnologies microbiennes)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LBBM Laboratoire de biodiversité et biotechnologies microbiennes
OOB Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer
IHPE Jeremie Vidal-Dupiol
Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique / Recherche Appliquée

Help of the ANR 477,681 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: March 2022 - 48 Months

Useful links

Explorez notre base de projets financés



ANR makes available its datasets on funded projects, click here to find more.

Sign up for the latest news:
Subscribe to our newsletter