Ecotoxicology of mercury in fish and wildlife: Recent advances

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Edited by: Michael S. Bank



A number of recent studies have documented subtle, yet potentially important effects of mercury on behavior, neurochemistry, and endocrine function in fish and wildlife at currently realistic levels of environmental exposure. Current levels of environmental methylmercury exposure are sufficient to cause significant biological impairment, both in individuals and in whole populations, in some ecosystems. Future toxicological studies on fish and wildlife will focus on linking biomarkers of methylmercury exposure and associated oxidative stress to effects on reproduction and population change; determining the genetic basis for mercury-related neurotoxic and other biological changes; determining the genetic basis for species differences in sensitivity to methylmercury; and linking toxic effects of methylmercury in individual animals to population-level changes.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Ecotoxicology of mercury in fish and wildlife: Recent advances
Chapter 11
ISBN 9780520271630
DOI 10.1525/california/9780520271630.003.0011
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Publisher location Berkley, CA
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Mercury in the environment: Pattern and process
First page 223
Last page 238
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