Tissue Concentrations of Pesticides, PCBs and Metals Among Ospreys, Pandion haliaetus, Collected in France

  • Charles Lemarchand
  • René Rosoux
  • Marie-Eve Pénide
  • Philippe Berny


In this study, osprey (Pandion haliaetus) tissues collected in France were used for contaminants analyses by a non-invasive approach. 53 pesticides (organochlorine, organophosphate, carbamate, pyrethroids, herbicides, anticoagulant rodenticides), 13 PCBs, and 5 metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and arsenic) were quantified in liver of 14 individual samples. PCBs and mercury were frequent (mean 0.5 mg/kg, range < d.l.−2.6 mg/kg and mean 3.4 mg/kg, range < d.l.−16.3 mg/kg wet weight, respectively). Inter-individual variations in contaminant diversity and amounts were noticed. Immediate conservation of the species in the country does not seem to be threatened by global contamination.


Osprey pesticides PCBs Metals 



Authors wish to thank the osprey sampling network members (see text), D. Vey of VetAgro Sup Toxicology unit. This study was financially supported by: European Commission (FEDER), Etablissement Public Loire, Plan Loire Grandeur Nature, VetAgro Sup, MEEDDM, DREAL Centre, ONF, and Ville d’Orléans.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Lemarchand
    • 1
  • René Rosoux
    • 2
  • Marie-Eve Pénide
    • 3
  • Philippe Berny
    • 1
  1. 1.VetAgro-Sup Campus Vétérinaire de Lyon, laboratoire de toxicologieUMR INRA 1233Marcy l’EtoileFrance
  2. 2.Muséum des Sciences NaturellesOrléansFrance
  3. 3.Université Blaise PascalAubièreFrance

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