Residues of p,p′-DDE and mercury in lake trout as a function of age

  • Walter H. Gutenmann
  • Joseph G. EbelJr.
  • H. Thomas Kuntz
  • Kenneth S. Yourstone
  • Donald J. Lisk


Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) of known age from 1 to 12 years were taken from Cayuga Lake in central New York State in 1991 and p,p′-DDE and mercury were determined in their flesh. The concentrations of p,p′-DDE and mercury increased significantly (p<0.001) with increasing age of the fish. The concentration of p,p′-DDE also increased significantly (p<0.001) with increasing fat content. The concentrations of p,p′-DDE were much lower than those found in Cayuga Lake trout of similar age captured in 1978.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter H. Gutenmann
    • 1
  • Joseph G. EbelJr.
    • 2
  • H. Thomas Kuntz
    • 3
  • Kenneth S. Yourstone
    • 1
  • Donald J. Lisk
    • 1
  1. 1.Toxic Chemicals Laboratory, Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science, New York State College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Animal Science, New York State College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  3. 3.Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, New York State College of Veterinary MedicineCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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