Maternal transfer of contaminants in birds: Mercury and selenium concentrations in parents and their eggs.

@article{Ackerman2016MaternalTO,
  title={Maternal transfer of contaminants in birds: Mercury and selenium concentrations in parents and their eggs.},
  author={Joshua T. Ackerman and Collin A. Eagles-Smith and Mark P. Herzog and Christian A Hartman},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  year={2016},
  volume={210},
  pages={
          145-54
        }
}
We conducted a detailed assessment of the maternal transfer of mercury and selenium to eggs in three bird species (n = 107 parents and n = 339 eggs), and developed predictive equations linking contaminant concentrations in eggs to those in six tissues of the mother (blood, muscle, liver, kidney, breast feathers, and head feathers). Mercury concentrations in eggs were positively correlated with mercury concentrations in each of the mother's internal tissues (R(2) ≥ 0.95), but generally not with… CONTINUE READING
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