Inhalation - Route of EDC exposure in seabirds (Larus argentatus) from the Southern Baltic

Lucyna Falkowska , Agnieszka Kubowicz-Grajewska , Marta Staniszewska , Iga Nehring , Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska , Dominika Saniewska


Despite the presence of endocrine disruptingmercury, PAHs, alkylphenols and bisphenol A in inhaled air, scientific literature lacks information on their penetration into the lungs. Large lung capacity in birds makes this route of penetration more significant than in other animals. The studies were conducted on lungs of herring gulls found in the Gulf of Gdansk area. The results were juxtaposed with other tissues, including the intestines, which reflect the main, alimentary penetration route of harmful substances into the organism. It was determined that the capacity of bird's lungs, affects the efficiency with which mercury is absorbed from the air. Birds found to have high mercury concentrations in lungs had low PAHs concentrations, what was determined by the fact that the birds foraged in two different areas, as well as on different trophic levels. The alimentary route of phenol derivatives into the organism was of greater significance than inhalation.
Author Lucyna Falkowska ZChMiOŚM
Lucyna Falkowska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Agnieszka Kubowicz-Grajewska ZGM
Agnieszka Kubowicz-Grajewska,,
- Division of Marine Geology
, Marta Staniszewska ZChMiOŚM
Marta Staniszewska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Iga Nehring ZChMiOŚM
Iga Nehring,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska ZChMiOŚM
Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Dominika Saniewska ZChMiOŚM
Dominika Saniewska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
Journal seriesMarine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets1
Keywords in Englishmercury, PAHs, phenol derivatives, lungs, herring gull, Gulf of Gdansk
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 26-02-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 26-02-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 3.146 (2) - 2016=3.78 (5)
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