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Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) kidney as a bioindicator of environmental pollution with heavy metals

Boštjan Pokorny and Cvetka Ribarič-Lasnik and Darinka Z. Doganoc and Miha Adamič (2001) Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) kidney as a bioindicator of environmental pollution with heavy metals. Zbornik gozdarstva in lesarstva (64). pp. 143-186. ISSN 0351-3114

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    Cd, Pb, Hg and As levels were measured in the viscera of 143 roe deer, shot inthe Šalek valley and on the Pokljuka plateau in 1998. Our findings were as follows: 1) heavy metal levels (HML) do not differ between left and right kidney; 2)sex has no influence on HML; 3) an animal`s age has no influence on Pb, Hg and As levels; 4) a positive linear correlation between age and Cd level enables the assessment of an annual and even a daily accumulation rate, both of which may be very useful for spatial as well as temporal comparisons; 5) the season of shoting has a significant influence on Hg and Pb levels, which culminated in late summer and early autumn; 6) in the Šalek Valley, levels of heavy metals (but As) decrease with distance from the Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant; 7) HML on the Pokljuka plateau are significantly higher in comparison with the Šalek Valley; 8) roe deer kidney-body weight index is not relevant bioindicator of heavy metal burdens in the environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: environmental pollution, Bioindication, heavy metal, deer
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=SEARCH&base=COBIB&select=ID= 303318
    Divisions: Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry > Group for Forest protection and wildlife ecology
    Item ID: 342
    Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2014 10:00
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 10:00
    URI: http://eprints.gozdis.si/id/eprint/342

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