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Methylmercury bioaccumulation in invertebrates of boreal streams in Norway: Effects of aqueous methylmercury and diet retention.
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PMID:  22377901     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Transfer of aqueous methylmercury (MeHg) to primary consumers in aquatic foodwebs is poorly understood despite its importance for bioaccumulation of MeHg. We studied bioaccumulation of MeHg in simple aquatic food chains of two humic boreal streams in relation to streamwater chemistry, food web characteristics and dietary fatty acid (FA) biomarkers. Transfer of aqueous MeHg into primary consumers was similar in both streams, resulting in higher MeHg in consumers in the MeHg-rich stream. Trophic enrichment of MeHg and dietary retention of FA biomarkers was the same in both streams, suggesting that exposure to aqueous MeHg at the base of the food chain determined levels of MeHg in biota. In addition, contents of dietary biomarkers suggested that ingestion of algae reduced MeHg bioaccumulation, while ingestion of bacteria stimulated MeHg uptake. Dietary uptake of bacteria could thus be an important pathway for MeHg-transfer at the bottom of food chains in humic streams.
Heleen A de Wit; Martin J Kainz; Markus Lindholm
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  164C     ISSN:  1873-6424     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-3-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  235-241     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway.
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