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Persistent organic pollutants and methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers in different tissues of white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) from West Greenland
Jaspers, V.L.B.; Sonne, C.; Soler-Rodriguez, F.; Boertmann, D.; Dietz, R.; Eens, M.; Rasmussen, L.M.; Covaci, A. (2013). Persistent organic pollutants and methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers in different tissues of white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) from West Greenland. Environ. Pollut. 175: 137-146. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2012.12.023
In: Environmental Pollution. Elsevier: Barking. ISSN 0269-7491, more
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Keyword
    Haliaeetus albicilla (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    POPs; MeO-PBDEs; White tailed sea eagle; Tissue-specific accumulation;Arctic; Greenland

Authors  Top 
  • Jaspers, V.L.B., more
  • Sonne, C.
  • Soler-Rodriguez, F.
  • Boertmann, D.
  • Dietz, R.
  • Eens, M., more
  • Rasmussen, L.M.
  • Covaci, A., more

Abstract
    We investigated polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (e.g. dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and methoxylated PBDEs (MeO-PBDEs), in six matrices (muscle, liver, kidney, adipose, blood, preen oil) of 17 white-tailed eagles from West Greenland sampled between 1997 and 2009. High inter-individual variation in contamination was found (PCBs: 0.49–1500 µg/g lipid weight (lw), DDTs: 0.23–910 µg/g lw, PBDEs: 0.01–24 µg/g lw, MeO-PBDEs: 0.001–0.59 µg/g lw), mostly due to age-related differences and not to temporal trends. One adult female (age > 5 years) displayed PCB levels up to 1500 µg/g lw in liver, which is the highest concentration ever reported in Arctic wildlife. Muscle generally contained the highest median levels, while adipose tissue displayed the lowest median levels on a lipid basis. No significant differences were found among tissues for MeO-PBDEs. Remarkably, we found distinct correlations (0.62 = r = 0.98; <0.0001 = p = 0.17) between levels of MeO-PBDEs and PBDEs, suggesting similar bioaccumulation pathways of PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs in white-tailed eagles.

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