Toxicity Reference Values for Protecting Aquatic Birds in China from the Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls

  • Hailei Su
  • Fengchang WuEmail author
  • Ruiqing Zhang
  • Xiaoli Zhao
  • Yunsong Mu
  • Chenglian Feng
  • John P. Giesy
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 230)


Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widely distributed, persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutants of abiotic matrices, such as soils, sediments, and water, and of wildlife such as fish and birds (Kannan et al. 2000; Giesy et al. 1994b). PCBs are stable in water and adsorb to particles that can be deposited in sediment or accumulated in aquatic food webs. Because of their persistent and lipophilic properties, PCBs bioaccumulate and biomagnify through aquatic food webs, and if thresholds for adverse effects are exceeded, cause effects on wildlife. As top predators that feed at the top of the aquatic food chain, fish-eating birds are exposed to greater concentrations of PCBs (Giesy et al. 1994a; Bosveld and Van den Berg 1994). Potential adverse effects reported for PCBs on wild birds include reduced hatchability, embryonic deformities, immune suppression, mortality (Kannan et al. 2000; Giesy et al. 1994a; Bosveld and Van den Berg 1994; Brunström 1989; Bosveld et al. 1995, 2000; Hoffman et al. 1998), and population-level effects (CCME 1998; Sanderson et al. 1994).


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This work was supported by National Basic Research Program of China (2008CB418200) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (41261140337, 40973090).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hailei Su
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fengchang Wu
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ruiqing Zhang
    • 2
  • Xiaoli Zhao
    • 2
  • Yunsong Mu
    • 2
  • Chenglian Feng
    • 2
  • John P. Giesy
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Water SciencesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk AssessmentChinese Research Academy of Environmental SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences and Toxicology CentreUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  4. 4.Zoology Department and Center for Integrative ToxicologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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