Selenium in birds

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Edited by: W. Nelson Beyer and James Parnell Meador



Selenium (Se) is a metalloid trace element that birds and other wildlife need in small amounts for good health. The main purpose of this chapter is to interpret tissue concentrations of Se. However, because food is the main source of Se accumulation for birds and other wildlife, and because dietary concentrations for effects on bird reproduction have been reported, we also provide interpretive information on Se in the diet. Se deficiencies in domestic poultry and livestock occur in some parts of the world and must be corrected by additions of Se to the diet. However, the range of dietary concentrations that provides adequate but nontoxic amounts of Se is narrow compared with the ranges for most other essential trace elements.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Selenium in birds
DOI 10.1201/b10598-23
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Publisher location Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 34 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Environmental contaminants in biota: interpreting tissue concentrations
First page 669
Last page 702
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N