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Species-specific accumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants in birds of prey from the Chesapeake Bay region, USA.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19948372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Compared to organochlorines, little is known about polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) contamination of birds of prey breeding in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S. This study examined and compared PBDE contamination in eggs of osprey, double-crested cormorant, brown pelican and peregrine falcon from this area. Several legacy persistent organic pollutants such as PCBs and DDE were also investigated. The level of urbanization of the landscape appeared to influence the level of PBDE exposure. PBDE congener distribution patterns varied between piscivorous and terrestrial-feeding birds. This suggests individual congeners may be subject to differences in bioaccumulation, biomagnification or metabolism in the aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Biomagnification of PBDEs was studied in the Bay aquatic food chains for the first time. A biomagnification factor of 25.1 was estimated for SigmaPBDEs for the fish - osprey egg food chain. Hazard quotients, applied as a preliminary evaluation, indicated that PBDEs may pose a moderate hazard to ospreys and peregrine falcons through impairment of reproductive performance.
Da Chen; Robert C Hale; Bryan D Watts; Mark J La Guardia; Ellen Harvey; Elizabeth K Mojica
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  158     ISSN:  1873-6424     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-30     Completed Date:  2010-07-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1883-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Environmental and Aquatic Animal Health, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Falconiformes / physiology*
Feeding Behavior
Flame Retardants / metabolism*
Food Chain
Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers / metabolism*
Ovum / chemistry
Species Specificity
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Flame Retardants; 0/Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers

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