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Gain and loss rates and biological half-life of PCBs and DDE in the bodies of adelie penguins

Authors
Journal
Environmental Pollution
0269-7491
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0269-7491(87)90166-7
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract The gain and loss rates and the biological half-life of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and p, p′-DDE in wild birds were calculated using the values on burdens of these compounds in the bodies of adelie penguins in a previous report (Subramanian et al., 1986). The daily loss rate of PCBs (0·26%) was found to be higher than DDT compounds (0·12%) resulting in the longer biological half-life of the latter compounds (580 days) than PCBs (270 days). Hence, once DDT compounds are absorbed they are more persistent in the organisms' bodies due to their high lipophilicity and comparatively less metabolisable nature than PCBs.

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