Influence of ecological factors on accumulation of metal mixtures

  • Claude Amiard-Triquet
  • Jean-Claude Amiard
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Abstract

A very large number of experimental studies in aquatic ecotoxicology have been devoted to the assessment of metal uptake in different classes of living organisms. Most of them are based on analysis of single toxicants, despite the fact that under field conditions the biota is generally exposed to multicontaminant pollution. In addition to producing a direct response in biota, a toxic metal can also act by interfering with other metal ions or elements. Thus, the concurrent presence of two or more metallic contaminants in the organism often yields metal uptake that deviates from those currently observed for individual metals. If the effect is an enhancement of bioaccumulation, it is said to be synergistic. If the effect is a decrease of metal incorporation, it is said to be antagonistic.

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Mytilus Edulis High Molecular Weight Protein Shore Crab Metal Mixture Pilot Whale 
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