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Organochlorine Pollutants in Chub, Leuciscus cephalus, from the Svratka River, Czech Republic


The aim was to evaluate the extent of pollution of the Svratka River with organochlorinated pollutants using the chub (Leuciscus cephalus) as a suitable bioindicator of the river contamination. The sum of 7 PCB congeners was found in range of 7.6–93.8 ng/g (with median of 31.7 ng/g) wet weight (ww), DDTs of 2.9–93.8 (29.9) ng/g ww, HCHs isomers of 0.1–5.3 (1.0) ng/g ww, HCB of 0.3–8.4 (2.2) ng/g ww and OCS of <0.1-0.5 (0.1) ng/g ww. Our results confirm predominance of metabolite DDE and higher-chlorinated PCB congeners and are comparable with similar studies and findings within the Czech Republic.

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Financial support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Training of the Czech Republic under the research project MSM 6215712402 is greatly appreciated.

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Lána, R., Vávrová, M., Navrátil, S. et al. Organochlorine Pollutants in Chub, Leuciscus cephalus, from the Svratka River, Czech Republic. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 84, 726–730 (2010).

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  • Leuciscus cephalus
  • PCBs
  • DDT metabolites
  • HCB
  • OCS