Dicofol (Kelthane) as an environmental contaminant: A review

Fish and Wildlife Technical Report 29


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Dicofol is persistent in soil and on plants. No compelling evidence exists that dicofol breaks down or is metabolized to DDTr in nature. Dicofol does not accumulate in birds as rapidly as DDE, and it has reproductive effects that are less harmful than DDE. Fish, birds, and mammals are reproductively sensitive to dicofol products, but levels presently found in wildlife are below levels shown experimentally to cause significant harm. Eggs of fish-eating wild birds from citrus, cotton, and apple-growing areas should be analyzed for dicofol residues. Nest success of fish-eating birds in the most contaminated populations should be studied to evaluate the environmental effects of dicofol.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Dicofol (Kelthane) as an environmental contaminant: A review
Series title Fish and Wildlife Technical Report
Series number 29
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 37 p.
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