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Effects of dieldrin in food on growth and bioaccumulation in mallard ducklings


The effects of dieldrin in food organisms and commercial feed on growth and bioaccumulation were determined in mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos). Dieldrin-fed crickets, mealworms and annelid worms, and dieldrin-spiked commercial feed, were fed to mallard ducklings for 8 days. Mean measured food concentrations (animals plus feed) of <0.2, 2.6, 26.2, and 49.3 μg/g dieldrin did not affect growth after 14 days. Tissue dieldrin concentrations (μg/g wet wt) increased rapidly: up to 80.7 (lipid), 30.1 (skin), 4.1 (liver), 1.8 (muscle), and 1.6 (brain) μg/g. Dieldrin concentrations in tissues were up to 3.7 times greater than in the test diets.

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Nebeker, A.V., Dunn, K.D., Griffis, W.L. et al. Effects of dieldrin in food on growth and bioaccumulation in mallard ducklings. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 26, 29–32 (1994).

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