Effects of dieldrin in food on growth and bioaccumulation in mallard ducklings

  • A. V. Nebeker
  • K. D. Dunn
  • W. L. Griffis
  • G. S. Schuytema
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Abstract

The effects of dieldrin in food organisms and commercial feed on growth and bioaccumulation were determined in mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos). Dieldrin-fed crickets, mealworms and annelid worms, and dieldrin-spiked commercial feed, were fed to mallard ducklings for 8 days. Mean measured food concentrations (animals plus feed) of <0.2, 2.6, 26.2, and 49.3 μg/g dieldrin did not affect growth after 14 days. Tissue dieldrin concentrations (μg/g wet wt) increased rapidly: up to 80.7 (lipid), 30.1 (skin), 4.1 (liver), 1.8 (muscle), and 1.6 (brain) μg/g. Dieldrin concentrations in tissues were up to 3.7 times greater than in the test diets.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Nebeker
    • 1
  • K. D. Dunn
    • 1
  • W. L. Griffis
    • 1
  • G. S. Schuytema
    • 1
  1. 1.Corvallis Environmental Research LaboratoryU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyCorvallisUSA

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