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Metal and metallothionein content in bullfrogs: Study of a whole watershed impacted by agricultural activities.

Cooper, Sophie; Fortin, Claude (2010). Metal and metallothionein content in bullfrogs: Study of a whole watershed impacted by agricultural activities. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety , vol. 73 , nº 3. p. 391-399. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2009.12.006.

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Among the various anthropogenic activities potentially affecting amphibian populations, agriculture has often been evoked. Fertilizers used in agriculture are documented sources of metals that may contaminate nearby rivers. Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) were collected within the Yamaska River basin (Quebec, Canada) along a gradient of agricultural land use intensity. Hepatic, renal and intestinal metal content, along with hepatic metallothionein content, were determined. In general, dissolved metal concentrations and accumulated metal concentrations in bullfrogs varied little among sites. Hepatic Cu and Zn concentrations were significantly different among subwatersheds and were in accordance with the gradient in agricultural activities in at least one of the three years studied. Liver metallothionein content did not vary significantly among the subwatersheds, but they were correlated with Cu content within two sites and Cd content at one site. We conclude that R. catesbeiana could be used as a biomonitor for Cu contamination and potentially for other metals.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: amphibians; metals; accumulation; agriculture; rivers
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 08 janv. 2021 19:16
Dernière modification: 08 janv. 2021 19:16
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10727

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