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Main Title Ecological Implications of Dimethyl Mercury in an Aquatic Food Chain.
Author Kol, Lawrence P. ; Porcell, Donald B. ; Middlebrook, E. Joe ;
CORP Author Utah Water Research Lab., Logan.
Year Published 1973
Report Number PRWG-105-2; DI-14-31-0001-3659; OWRR-B-070-UTAH; 13657,; B-070-UTAH(3)
Stock Number PB-222 971
Additional Subjects ( Mercury ; Food chains) ; ( Food chains ; Aquatic animals) ; ( Water pollution ; Mercury) ; Toxicity ; Algae ; Fishes ; Daphnia ; Mercury organic compounds ; Microorganisms ; Methylation ; Water pollution effects(Animals) ; Dimethyl mercury ; Ecosystems ; Office of Water Resources Research
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-222 971 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 55p
The purpose of these studies was to investigate a variety of ecologically significant interactions between dimethyl mercury and the aquatic environment in which it may be present. Laboratory studies indicate dimethyl mercury may be a major product of microbial methylation in organic mercury. The physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting the transport and food chain distribution of dimethyl mercury have remained unclear. Results are presented of laboratory studies of volatilization rates of dimethyl mercury from water as a function of temperature and mixing conditions. Absorption kinetics and equilibrium concentrations of dimethyl mercury in algae, Daphnia, and fish are reported. Toxicity to fish, and studies of metabolism of the compounds by microbes are discussed. Mercury-203 labeled dimethyl mercury was used in the study, and in all tests the organisms used were live counted. A unique method was developed for measuring dimethyl mercury uptake in algae. In water, dimethyl mercury was found to behave similarly to nonreactive gases such as oxygen.