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Survival, Growth, and Body Residues of Hyalella azteca (Saussure) Exposed to Fipronil Contaminated Sediments from Non-Vegetated and Vegetated Microcosms


We assessed chronic effects of fipronil and metabolite contaminated sediments from non-vegetated and Thallia dealbata vegetated wetland microcosms on Hyalella azteca during wet and dry exposures. Mean sediment concentrations (ng g−1) ranged from 0.72–1.26, 0.01–0.69, 0.07–0.23, and 0.49–7.87 for fipronil, fipronil-sulfide, fipronil-sulfone, and fipronil-desulfinyl, respectively. No significant differences in animal survival or growth were observed between non-vegetated and vegetated microcosms during wet or dry exposures. Mean animal body residue concentrations (ng g−1) ranged from 28.4–77.6, 0–30.7, and 8.3–43.8 for fipronil, fipronil-sulfide, and fipronil-sulfone. Fipronil-desulfinyl was not detected in any animal samples.

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Appreciation is extended to J. Renee Russell, Lisa Brooks, Dan McChesney, and Sam Testa for sample collection and analytical assistance. Mention of equipment, software or a pesticide does not constitute an endorsement for use by the US Department of Agriculture nor does it imply pesticide registration under FIFRA as amended. All programs and services of the USDA are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, or handicap.

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Kröger, R., Lizotte, R.E. & Moore, M.T. Survival, Growth, and Body Residues of Hyalella azteca (Saussure) Exposed to Fipronil Contaminated Sediments from Non-Vegetated and Vegetated Microcosms. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 369–373 (2009).

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