Philippe R C Bersuder

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In this paper, we review recent data for brominated flame retardants (particularly BDEs, HBCD and TBBP-A) in samples from the European and Asian environments, including recent temporal trend studies. Research is active and we cite over 100 studies published during 2005-2007. Environmental compartments studied comprise the atmosphere, indoor and outdoor air,(More)
Within the U.K. Marine Mammals Stranding Program, analysis of brominated flame retardants began in 1999. Initially, the focus of attention was the brominated diphenyl ethers. Since the withdrawal of the pentamix and octamix polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) formulations from the EU market prior to August 2004, two other high-volume products,(More)
In an earlier paper, we reported data indicating a sharp increase in hexabromocyclododecane concentrations in the blubber of 85 harbor porpoises from the UK, from about 2001 onward. That time trend was evaluated using data from 1994-2003, generated on a diastereoisomer basis using LC-MS. In this paper we report additional data for 138 animals collected(More)
The brominated flame retardant decabromodiphenylether (DBDE) was analysed in wild birds to identify the most suitable species for monitoring time trends in DBDE contamination. This information was later used for the design of a 10-year trend study on DBDE in the European Union. DBDE was measured in muscle tissue, liver, and eggs from 10 terrestrial and four(More)
Over the past 15 years considerable attention has been given to the presence in the environment of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that may have harmful effects on organisms. Specific test guidelines for the detection of EDCs used for short-term fish screening assays have been developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development(More)
Since 1990, tissue samples from UK-stranded and -bycaught cetaceans have been available for study of contaminant burdens. These have been used to study spatial and temporal trends in concentrations in UK waters, and to investigate potential associations between contaminants and health status. We describe the current status of cetaceans (primarily harbour(More)
A geographically extensive baseline survey of sediment contamination was undertaken at twenty nine locations around Kuwait. Samples were assessed in relation to a wide range of industrial pollutants, including metals, PAHs, PCBs, PBDEs and HBCDs. The data generated indicated that levels of pollutants were generally low and below commonly applied sediment(More)
Controls were placed on the production and use of the penta-mix polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) formulation within the European Union in 2004. In porpoises stranded or bycaught around the U.K., BDE congeners from this product predominate. Lipid-normalized concentrations of 9 (summed) BDE congeners in the blubber of 415 porpoises sampled during the(More)
The occurrence and potential adverse effects of pharmaceutical compounds in the aquatic environment have received much scientific interest. Presented are analytical methodologies for the determination of 10 of the pharmaceuticals listed on the Oslo and Paris Commission for the protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR) hazardous(More)