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Brominated Flame Retardants in Fish of Lake Geneva (Switzerland)


Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) were determined in fish (Salmo trutta forma lacustris) from Lake Geneva. Brominated flame retardants were detected in all nine samples with an average concentration for the sum of BDE-28, BDE-47, BDE-49, BDE-66, BDE-99, BDE-100, BDE-119, BDE-153, BDE-154 and BDE-209 of 207 ng per g lipid weight (ng g lw−1). The congener patterns were dominated by BDE-47. The average concentration of HBCD was 168 ng g lw−1.

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The authors thank the personnel of Fauna and Nature Conversation Center of Canton of Vaud (St-Sulpice) for collaboration during fishing.

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Cheaib, Z., Grandjean, D., Kupper, T. et al. Brominated Flame Retardants in Fish of Lake Geneva (Switzerland). Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82, 522–527 (2009).

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  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • Fish
  • Lake Geneva