, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 553–557 | Cite as

Transformations of arsenic in the marine environment

  • J. S. Edmonds
  • K. A. Francesconi


It is ten years since arsenobetaine was first isolated from the western rock lobsterPalinurus cygnus. Subsequently this naturally-occurring arsenical has been found in many species of marine animals contributing to the human diet. The identification of arsenic-containing ribofuranosides in algae and the production of dimethylarsinoylethanol from their anaerobic decomposition has allowed speculation on arsenic metabolism in marine organisms and has suggested a possible route to arsenobetaine from oceanic arsenate.

Key words

Arsenobetaine arsenic-containing ribofuranosides dimethylarsinoylethanol marine-derived foodstuffs marine algae arsenic metabolism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Edmonds
    • 1
  • K. A. Francesconi
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Australian Marine Research LaboratoriesNorth BeachAustralia

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