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Mercury in the food chain of the Lagoon of Venice, Italy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology.
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2014 (English)In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, E-ISSN 1879-3363, Vol. 88, no 1-2, 194-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sediments and biota samples were collected in a restricted area of the Lagoon of Venice and analysed for total mercury, monomethyl mercury (MMHg), and nitrogen and carbon isotopes. Results were used to examine mercury biomagnification in a complex food chain. Sedimentary organic matter (SOM) proved to be a major source of nutrients and mercury to primary consumers. Contrary to inorganic mercury, MMHg was strongly biomagnified along the food chain, although the lognormal relationship between MMHg and δ15N was less constrained than generally reported from lakes or coastal marine ecosystems. The relationship improved when log MMHg concentrations were plotted against trophic positions derived from baseline δ15N estimate for primary consumers. From the regression slope a mean MMHg trophic magnification factor of 10 was obtained. Filter-feeding benthic bivalves accumulated more MMHg than other primary consumers and were probably important in MMHg transfer from sediments to higher levels of the food chain.

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2014. Vol. 88, no 1-2, 194-206 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238734DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-238734DiVA: diva2:772040
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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