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Effects of DDT on bobwhite quail adrenal gland

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

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Abstract

A wide range of responses to sublethal levels of DDT exist, many of which are species specific and vary within each species depending upon age, sex, and physiological state. Sublethal levels of DDT do cause an increase in the adrenal cortical tissue of bobwhite quail, which may cause increased secretion of corticosteroids, and in turn affect reproduction. A delicate homeostatic balance exists within the avian endocrine system which may be disturbed by feeding sublethal levels of chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides. This adverse effect on the endocrine system may cause subtle reproductive failures which go unnoticed until the population is greatly reduced.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of DDT on bobwhite quail adrenal gland
Series title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume
11
Issue:
5
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
407-414
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
407
Last page:
414
Number of Pages:
8