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Benthic Bioaccumulation and Bioavailability of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers from Surficial Lake Ontario Sediments Near Rochester, New York, USA

Abstract

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in Lake Ontario watershed sediments were assessed for benthic bioavailability through the use of biota-sediment accumulation factors. Sediments from lake and Rochester Harbor (lower Genesee River) areas were investigated. Congeners 47, 66, 85, 99 and 100 were detected in tissues of the oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus. Biota-sediment accumulation factors ranged from 3.95 (congener 154) to 19.5 (congener 28) and were higher at the Lake Ontario area. The lower biota-sediment accumulation factors for the Rochester Harbor sediment may result from a higher fraction of black carbon generally expected in highly urbanized rivers. Degree of bromination may reduce bioavailability.

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We thank our colleagues Dennis Rimer, Jay Miller, William Butler, David Swiatek, Timothy Crockett, Michael Asquith (USACE Buffalo District) and Jerre Sims (US Army Engineer Research and Development Center) for their support on this work.

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Lotufo, G.R., Pickard, S.W. Benthic Bioaccumulation and Bioavailability of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers from Surficial Lake Ontario Sediments Near Rochester, New York, USA. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 85, 348–351 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-010-0088-8

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Keywords

  • PDBE
  • Bioavailability
  • BSAF
  • Sediment