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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

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Jan 13, 2020

BRI Publishes New Study on Maternal Mercury Transfer in Birds

BRI research on mercury transfer in birds was recently published in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology. The article, Synthesis of Maternal Transfer of Mercury in Birds: Implication for Altered Toxicity Risk, reviews published and unpublished data on maternal transfer of methylmercury in birds. Researchers used paired samples of females' blood and their eggs from 26 bird species in six taxonomic orders. The study shows that total mercury (THg) concentrations in eggs increases with maternal blood THg; however, the proportion of THg transferred from females to their eggs differed among bird taxa and with maternal THg exposure. This study provides equations that can be used to predict THg concentrations in eggs using female blood THg concentrations, and vice versa, which may help translate toxicity benchmarks across tissues and life stages in future studies.

Read the full article here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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