Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in 3 species of Antarctic PenguinsEntry ID: ECA033
Abstract: The data set reports the POP concentrations in three species of penguins: Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) and Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua). The found concentrations were lower than those found in seabird species from other areas of the world. PCBs and p,p'-DDE together accounted for more than 70% of the total POP residue. The HCB made up 24% in ... Chinstrap penguins and 27% in the 55 other two species. The PBDEs were approximately 1%POP concentrations. Different chemical accumulation patterns were observed in relation to species and sex; the Adélie penguin showed the highest POP levels. Dissimilar ecological or metabolic features may be involved; the diverse timing of reproduction steps can be responsible for those differences; moreover, Adélie penguins feed on krill (a fatty resource) more abundantly than the other two species during the rearing period
Start Date: 2002-06-01Stop Date: 2002-06-30
Data Set Progress
Corsolini, S., Borghesi, N., Schiamone, A., and Focardi, S., 2007: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins, -furans, and -biphenyls in three species of Antarctic penguins. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 14, 421-429.
Corsolini, S., Ademollo, N., Romeo T., Greco, S., Focardi, S. 2005. Persistent organic pollutants in edible fish: a human and environmental health problem. Microchem. J 79, 115–123.
Corsolini, S., Ademollo, N., Mariottini, M., Focardi, S. 2004: Poly-brominated diphenyl-ethers (PBDEs) and other Persistent Organic Pollutants in blood of penguins from the Ross Sea (Antarctica). Organohalogen Compd. 66, 1695–1701.
Corsolini, S., Ademollo, N., Romeo, T., Olmastroni, S., and Focardi, S., 2003: Persistent organic pollutants in some species of a Ross Sea pelagic trophic web. Antarctic Science, 15, 95-104.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-06-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-06-22