Sensors 2008, 8(7), 4095-4109; doi:10.3390/s8074095
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Comparison of Mercury Distribution Between Liver and Muscle – A Biomonitoring of Fish from Lightly and Heavily Contaminated Localities

Received: 19 January 2008; in revised form: 6 July 2008 / Accepted: 6 July 2008 / Published: 10 July 2008
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Abstract: Tissue samples from 1,117 fish of 25 species were collected from 1991 through 1996 at 13 locations along the River Elbe. The principal indicator species were perch (Perca fluviatilis) (n=118), chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.) (n=113) and roach (Rutilus rutilus) (n=138). Mercury (Hg) concentrations in muscle and liver were determined by atomic absorption spectrometry. The liver/muscle index in three indicator species from heavily contaminated and lightly contaminated localities were significantly different. In fish from heavily contaminated localities, Hg was deposited preferentially in the liver (the depository for inorganic and organic forms of Hg), while in lightly contaminated areas, it was deposited preferentially in muscle.
Keywords: Hg liver/muscle ratio; indicator fish; predator; non-predator; river contamination
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Havelková, M.; Dušek, L.; Némethová, D.; Poleszczuk, G.; Svobodová, Z. Comparison of Mercury Distribution Between Liver and Muscle – A Biomonitoring of Fish from Lightly and Heavily Contaminated Localities. Sensors 2008, 8, 4095-4109.

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Havelková M, Dušek L, Némethová D, Poleszczuk G, Svobodová Z. Comparison of Mercury Distribution Between Liver and Muscle – A Biomonitoring of Fish from Lightly and Heavily Contaminated Localities. Sensors. 2008; 8(7):4095-4109.

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Havelková, Marcela; Dušek, Ladislav; Némethová, Danka; Poleszczuk, Gorzyslaw; Svobodová, Zdeňka. 2008. "Comparison of Mercury Distribution Between Liver and Muscle – A Biomonitoring of Fish from Lightly and Heavily Contaminated Localities." Sensors 8, no. 7: 4095-4109.

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