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Seasonal Variation in Copper, Zinc, Chromium, Lead and Cadmium Levels in Hepatopancreas, Gill and Muscle Tissues of the Mussel Brachidontes pharaonis Fischer, Collected along the Mersin Coast, Turkey


Levels of copper, zinc, cadmium, chromium and lead were determined in the gill, hepatopancreas and muscle tissues of Brachidontes pharaonis collected from the Mersin coasts of Turkey. Water and animal samples were collected monthly from the four stations between June 2002 and May 2003 for metal determinations. Metal levels in water samples of Mersin coasts were higher than those measured in other parts of Turkish coasts. Levels of metals in soft tissues of B. pharaonis showed an increase towards autumn and winter months which exceeded the levels that are recommended by Turkish Standart Institute’s food codex.

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Karayakar, F., Erdem, C. & Cıcık, B. Seasonal Variation in Copper, Zinc, Chromium, Lead and Cadmium Levels in Hepatopancreas, Gill and Muscle Tissues of the Mussel Brachidontes pharaonis Fischer, Collected along the Mersin Coast, Turkey. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 79, 350–355 (2007).

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  • Mussel
  • Metals
  • Seasonal levels