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Mercury methylation in periphyton of the Florida Everglades

Limnology and Oceanography

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Abstract

Trophic accumulation of mercury (Hg) in aquatic ecosystems is of global concern due to health effects associated with eating fish with elevated Hg levels. The methylated form of Hg bioaccumulates so it is important to understand how inorganic Hg is transformed to methylmercury in the environment. Here, a new site for Hg methylation, the periphyton communities that are prevalent in the Florida Everglades, is described. It is hypothesized that periphyton communities that support an active microbial sulfur cycle support Hg methylation. This new methylation site has implications for trophic transfer of methylmercury since periphyton can be the base of the food web in aquatic ecosystems.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mercury methylation in periphyton of the Florida Everglades
Series title:
Limnology and Oceanography
Volume
44
Issue:
7
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1815
Last page:
1825
Number of Pages:
11