Suppressed adrenocortical responses and thyroid hormone levels in birds near a mercury-contaminated river.

@article{Wada2009SuppressedAR,
  title={Suppressed adrenocortical responses and thyroid hormone levels in birds near a mercury-contaminated river.},
  author={Haruka Wada and Daniel Aaron Cristol and F. M. Anne McNabb and William A Hopkins},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2009},
  volume={43 15},
  pages={6031-8}
}
Much of the research on sublethal, adverse effects of mercury (Hg) has focused on impairment of neurological function and reproduction in fish and fish-eating vertebrates. Here we examined the associations between Hg and endocrine function (adrenocortical responses and plasma thyroid hormone concentrations) of insectivorous tree swallow nestlings adjacent to a Hg-contaminated river and nearby reference rivers in Virginia. Nestlings from the contaminated sites had blood Hg concentrations that… CONTINUE READING
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