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Experimental investigations on the accumulation of mercury in water organisms

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Abstract

During the last few decades alcyle and alcoxyalcyle mercury compounds have come into an increased use in agriculture as seed disinfectants. In the pulp industry, phenylmercuric acetate has become an important means of slime control and the predominating conservant for wet ground pulp. Mercury has been carried to streams, lakes and the sea in increasing amounts with waste waters from the pulp industry and run-off from the fields. Investigations, using the neutron activation analytical method have revealed high mercury concentration in fish from many lakes and streams in the southern and central parts of Sweden. Values as high as 8000 ng Hg/g have been reported, as compared with the 30-180 ng Hg/g that can be regarded as a normal background concentration for fresh-water fish. There are many indications that the high mercury concentrations found in fish and other water organisms are direct consequences of the use of mercury in agriculture and industry. Fish from certain lakes have actually been judged unfit for human consumption. This alarming situation emphasized the need for a better knowledge of the accumulation, retention and elimination of the mercury compounds concerned in fish and other water organisms and the experimental studies reported here were therefore started  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1968
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Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-86-011649
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Rep., Inst. Freshwater Res., Drottningholm; (Sweden); Journal Volume: 48
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; MERCURY; BIOLOGICAL ACCUMULATION; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; BIOLOGICAL HALF-LIFE; BIOLOGICAL LOCALIZATION; BLOOD; BONE TISSUES; BRAIN; CODFISH; ELECTROLYTES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; EYES; FISHES; FOLIAR UPTAKE; FRESH WATER; GILLS; HEART; KIDNEYS; LIVER; MERCURY COMPOUNDS; METHYLMERCURY; MUSCLES; ORGANIC MERCURY COMPOUNDS; PLANTS; SEAWATER; SEDIMENTATION; SPLEEN; SWEDEN; UPTAKE; ANIMAL TISSUES; ANIMALS; BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS; BODY; BODY AREAS; BODY FLUIDS; CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM; CONNECTIVE TISSUE; DATA; DIGESTIVE SYSTEM; ELEMENTS; EUROPE; FACE; GLANDS; HEAD; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; INFORMATION; MATERIALS; METALS; NERVOUS SYSTEM; NUMERICAL DATA; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; RESPIRATORY SYSTEM; SCANDINAVIA; SENSE ORGANS; TISSUES; VERTEBRATES; WATER; WESTERN EUROPE; 560305* - Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology- Vertebrates- (-1987)
OSTI ID:
6450888
Research Organizations:
National Nature Conservancy Board, Drottningholm, Sweden
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
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Journal ID: CODEN: RIFRA
Submitting Site:
HEDB
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Pages: 120-176
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Hannerz, L. Experimental investigations on the accumulation of mercury in water organisms. Sweden: N. p., 1968. Web.
Hannerz, L. Experimental investigations on the accumulation of mercury in water organisms. Sweden.
Hannerz, L. 1968. "Experimental investigations on the accumulation of mercury in water organisms." Sweden.
@misc{etde_6450888,
title = {Experimental investigations on the accumulation of mercury in water organisms}
author = {Hannerz, L}
abstractNote = {During the last few decades alcyle and alcoxyalcyle mercury compounds have come into an increased use in agriculture as seed disinfectants. In the pulp industry, phenylmercuric acetate has become an important means of slime control and the predominating conservant for wet ground pulp. Mercury has been carried to streams, lakes and the sea in increasing amounts with waste waters from the pulp industry and run-off from the fields. Investigations, using the neutron activation analytical method have revealed high mercury concentration in fish from many lakes and streams in the southern and central parts of Sweden. Values as high as 8000 ng Hg/g have been reported, as compared with the 30-180 ng Hg/g that can be regarded as a normal background concentration for fresh-water fish. There are many indications that the high mercury concentrations found in fish and other water organisms are direct consequences of the use of mercury in agriculture and industry. Fish from certain lakes have actually been judged unfit for human consumption. This alarming situation emphasized the need for a better knowledge of the accumulation, retention and elimination of the mercury compounds concerned in fish and other water organisms and the experimental studies reported here were therefore started in 1965. They have been financially supported by the Swedish Agricultural Research Council.}
journal = {Rep., Inst. Freshwater Res., Drottningholm; (Sweden)}
volume = {48}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Sweden}
year = {1968}
month = {Jan}
}