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Main Title Uptake and Depuration of Organic Contaminants by Blue Mussels (Mytilus edulis) Exposed to Environmentally Contaminated Sediment.
Author Pruell, R. J. ; Lake, J. L. ; Davis, W. R. ; Quinn, J. G. ;
CORP Author Rhode Island Univ., Narragansett. Graduate School of Oceanography.;Environmental Research Lab., Narragansett, RI.
Year Published 1986
Report Number EPA-68-03-3236; EPA/600/J-86/211;
Stock Number PB87-170395
Additional Subjects Organic compounds ; Mussels ; Water pollution ; Narraganset Bay ; Potable water ; Aromatic hydrocarbons ; Biphenyl ; Chlorine organic compounds ; Sediments ; Concentration(Composition) ; Exposure ; Dosage ; Chemical analysis ; Reprints ; Mytilus edulis ; Blue mussels ; Biphenyl/chloro
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NTIS  PB87-170395 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Experiments were designed to expose blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) to contaminated sediment collected from Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA in 1982. Measurements were taken to allow comparisons of the uptake and depuration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). In addition, concentration factors in the mussels were calculated separately against the dissolved and particulate phase concentrations and the results from the exposure and control systems were compared. Both PAHs and PCBs were rapidly accumulated by the mussels exposed to the contaminated sediment. After the mussels were transferred to control seawater, individual PAHs were depurated with half-lives ranging from 12 to 30 d. Individual PCBs showed depuration half-lives which ranged from 16 to 46 d. Concentration factors in the mussels calculated against the particulate phase concentrations were very different in the exposure and control systems. (Copyright (c) Springer-Verlag 1986.)