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Mercury accumulation in mallards fed methylmercury with or without added DDE

Environmental Research

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DOI: 10.1016/S0013-9351(87)80203-7

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Abstract

Adult female mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were fed a control diet or diets containing 1 ppm methylmercury chloride, 5 ppm methylmercury chloride, 1 ppm methylmercury chloride plus 5 ppm DDE, or 5 ppm methylmercury chloride plus 5 ppm DDE. The presence of DDE in the diet did not affect retention of mercury in breast muscle or eggs. There was a good correlation between the levels of mercury in the breast muscle of females and their eggs, and this correlation was unaffected by the presence of DDE in the diet. This correlation suggests that one could predict mercury levels in female mallards in the field when only eggs have been collected and vice versa.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mercury accumulation in mallards fed methylmercury with or without added DDE
Series title:
Environmental Research
DOI:
10.1016/S0013-9351(87)80203-7
Volume
42
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
372-376
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Environmental Research
First page:
372
Last page:
376
Number of Pages:
5