Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (B ENVIRON CONTAM TOX )

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Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Editor-in-Chief: Herbert N. Nigg Ph.D. Aims and Scope Subscription Information Copyright Information Office of Publication Aims Scope and Review Policy Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology will provide rapid publication of significant advances and discoveries in the fields of air soil water and food contamination and pollution as well as articles on methodology and other disciplines concerned with the introduction presence and effects of toxicants in the total environment.

  • Impact factor
    1.11
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    Impact factor
  • 5-year impact
    1.32
  • Cited half-life
    0.00
  • Immediacy index
    0.20
  • Eigenfactor
    0.01
  • Article influence
    0.31
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  • Other titles
    Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology
  • ISSN
    0007-4861
  • OCLC
    1537751
  • Material type
    Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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  • Sarah L. Maddux, Daniel A. Cristol, Claire W. Varian-Ramos, Eric L. Bradley
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    ABSTRACT: Although songbirds accumulate mercury at rates equivalent to better-studied aquatic avian species, effects of mercury bioaccumulation in songbirds remain understudied. Little is known about the effects of mercury on endocrine physiology, but recent evidence indicates that mercury may disrupt the function of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis. Both field-based correlational studies and a recent dosing experiment suggest that mercury exposure alters levels of the primary avian stress hormone, CORT. We sampled zebra finches that had been dosed with 0, 0.5, or 1.0 ppm dietary methylmercury for baseline CORT twice; once during pairing and once after successfully fledging young. Circulating levels of CORT were not significantly affected by mercury exposure. However, our findings indicate potentially important differences in CORT responses between the sexes when exposed to environmentally relevant doses of mercury across the nesting cycle.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
  • C G Delgado-Álvarez, J Ruelas-Inzunza, J I Osuna-López, D Voltolina, M G Frías-Espericueta
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    ABSTRACT: The total mercury (Hg) content of the soft tissues of cultured oysters of the genus Crassostrea obtained during the dry and rainy seasons at sampling sites of NW Mexico with different degrees of urbanization, was determined by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Hg levels ranged from 0.05 to 0.37 µg/g (dry weight) and no significant differences (p > 0.05) related to season and sampling site were observed. The values did not exceed the limit of 1.0 µg/g (wet weight) established by Mexican legislation and by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA), and the hazard quotient was between 0.001 and 0.002. The estimated hazard quotient for MeHg ranged approximately from 0.002 to 0.01.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: A citation analysis was completed on articles published in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology over the period of 1966–2009. Articles were grouped into 5 year intervals and the top 50 most-cited papers in each year interval were categorized according to research theme. Over the journal’s history, articles in the toxicity research theme dominated top-cited articles published by the journal followed by articles in the environmental concentration theme and the mechanistic theme. The geographic area of submission of top-cited articles has shown large changes with time, initially being dominated by papers from North American and now dominated by papers from Asia. An examination of the citation history for the highest cited paper in each year interval indicated that the average time to achieve 90 % of total citations is 25 years.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The results of laboratory scale experimental tests of contaminant extraction from marine sediment slurries are presented and discussed. The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of EDTA and rhamnolipid in copper removal from an artificially contaminated sediment. The comparison was made in terms of metal extraction yield, and in the evaluation of its mobilization towards the more exchangeable fractions in the sediment. Results show that, under acidic conditions established during washing, EDTA ensured higher extractions efficiencies of Cu (up to 95 %) than rhamnolipid, although there was less mobilization into bioavailable forms with the use of rhamnolipid. In addition, in the view of a biological treatment of the spent solution, the use of rhamnolipid resulted in a lower decrease of the specific oxygen uptake rate with respect to EDTA. In fact, the low surfactants concentration required, partially compensated the toxic effect of Cu towards biomass.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The consumption of water and food crops contaminated with metals is a major food chain route for human exposure. We investigated the health risks of metals in Yellow River (YR) water, farmland soil and spring wheat in the Baotou region, northern China. Data indicated that long-term irrigation with polluted YR water led to metal accumulation in local farmland soil and spring wheat. The consumption of YR water and spring wheat in Baotou region can cause adverse health effects to local people, specifically because of Hg, Pb, and Se in YR water and Cu, Zn, Cd, and Mn in spring wheat. The integrative risk of various metals depends mainly on the spring wheat intake. Current results emphasized the need for routine monitoring and management in order to avoid contamination of YR water and spring wheat from the wastewater irrigation system in Baotou region.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This work puts forth a heuristic approach for investigating compromises between quality of fit and parameter reliability for the Monod-type kinetics employed to model microbial reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene. The methodology is demonstrated with three models of increasing fidelity and complexity. Model parameters were estimated with a stochastic global optimization algorithm, using scarce and inherently noisy experimental data from a mixed anaerobic microbial culture, which dechlorinated trichloroethene to ethene completely. Parameter reliability of each model was assessed using a Monte Carlo technique. Finally, an alternate quantity of applied interest was evaluated in order to assist with model discrimination. Results from the application of our approach suggest that the modeler should examine the implementation of conceptually simple models, even if they are a crude abstraction of reality, as they can be computationally less demanding and adequately accurate when model performance is assessed with criteria of applied interest, such as chloroethene elimination time.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The use of chemical pesticides has increased environmental pollution and affected ichthyofauna as non target organisms. In the present study, the histopathological alterations in the larvae and fingerlings of the Caspian kutum, Rutilus frisii kutum, were used as a model to investigate the toxic effects of triazine herbicide, atrazine. To investigate toxic effects of atrazine, fish were exposed to sublethal concentration of ½ LC50 for 96 h. Histologically, the most significant alterations in kidney tissues were hyperplasia, necrosis, vacuolation, swelling, hypertrophy, aggregation of hyaline droplets, and disruption of the haematopitic tissue of the head kidney. The damage was more severe in larvae than the fingerlings. Results showed that alterations in kidney tissue caused by atrazine were not specific but it could be concluded that atrazine is excessively toxic for Caspian kutum even at sublethal concentration and acute exposure.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The disposal of untreated urban and industrial wastewater has a deleterious effect on both the water and sediment quality of Oyster Bay located in south Sydney, Australia. The present investigation was undertaken to evaluate the potential pollution of marine sediments in Oyster Bay. The results of metals were compared with adverse biological effect values effect range low (ERL) and effect range median (ERM). Spatial distribution of trace metals was estimated by applying geographic information system. The results indicated that the sediments were polluted with Cu, Zn, As and Pb, which exceeded ERL levels. However, these metals were still below ERM values, and other metals Cr and Ni were below ERL. Moreover, the highest concentrations of metals were around discharge points and in the inner bay. Further, trace metals could be attributed to human activities within the bay as they declined in concentrations with increasing sediment depth.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 11/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to track the refuse profile in Lorong Halus Dumping Ground, the largest landfill in Singapore, by electrical resistivity and surface wave velocity after 25 years of closure. Data were analyzed using an orthogonal set of plots by spreading 24 lines in two perpendicular geophone-orientation directions. Both geophysical techniques determined that refuse boundary depth was 13 ± 2 m. The refuse boundary revealed a certain degree of variance, mainly ascribed to the different principle of measurements, as well as the high heterogeneity of the subsurface. Discrepancy was higher in spots with greater heterogeneity. 3D analysis was further conducted detecting refuse pockets, leachate mounding and gas channels. Geotechnical monitoring (borehole) confirmed geophysical outcomes tracing different layers such as soil capping, decomposed refuse materials and inorganic wastes. Combining the geophysical methods with borehole monitoring, a comprehensive layout of the dumping site was presented showing the hot spots of interests.
    Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 11/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: In this research, homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction followed by ion mobility spectrometry (HLLE-IMS) with corona discharge ionization source has been developed for the determination of p-toluidine. The analyte was extracted by single-phase extraction in a ternary solvent system and then the extracted p-toluidine was injected into IMS for analysis. Optimization of different parameters which could influence HLLE-IMS was performed. Under optimum conditions, the dynamic linear range was obtained over 2.0-40.0 ng/mL with R (2) = 0.9966 while relative standard deviation was below 10 %. The limits of detection and quantification were 0.6 and 2.0 ng/mL of p-toluidine, respectively. The proposed method was applied to determine p-toluidine in environmental water samples which resulted in acceptable recoveries of the analyte, ranging from 85.3 %-90 %.
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    ABSTRACT: The pollution level and source of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in mainstream and tributary of Daling River in northeast China were investigated in present study. Concentrations of PFASs in surface water and sediment ranged from 4.6 to 3,410 ng/L and from 0.08 to 2.6 ng/g dry weight, respectively. The lowest levels of PFASs were found in vicinity of a drinking water source located in upstream of Daling River. Xihe tributary, which is adjacent to two local fluorine industrial parks, contained the highest level of PFASs. Short-chain PFASs, including perfluorobutanoic acid and perfluorobutane sulfonate, were of higher levels due to their emerging as alternative products for perfluorooctane sulfonate. High level of perfluorooctanoic acid was also found in Daling River. Based on these results, it can be concluded that the relatively severe pollutions of Xihe tributary were caused by long-term development of the two local fluorine industry parks.
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    ABSTRACT: The study was undertaken to assess the contents of heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb, Cd, As and Hg) in sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus) juveniles from coastal areas of Bohai and Yellow seas in northern China. Sea cucumber juveniles were collected from twenty commercial hatcheries distributed in five coastal cities. The mean concentrations obtained for heavy metals in mg/kg were as follows: Cu (0.179), Zn (2.634), Cr (0.108), Pb (0.065), Cd (0.161), As (0.372), Hg (0.034). All the mean concentrations were below the maximum residual limits set by Chinese legislation, but As in 10 % samples exceeded the safety threshold. Significant differences in contents of Cr, Pb and Hg were found among the five investigated areas. Overall, the heavy metal levels in sea cucumber juveniles were relatively low and more attention should be paid to toxic metals Pb, Cd, As and Hg in future routine monitoring program.
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    ABSTRACT: Among the search for new types of pesticides, the fungicide azoxystrobin (AZX) was the first patent of the strobilurin compounds, entering in the market in 1996. Its use worldwide is growing, mainly linked to soybean production, although its effects in non-target organisms are almost unknown. The goal of the present work was to evaluate effects of short-term AZX exposure to the aquatic macrophyte Myriophyllum quitense, focusing on oxidative stress parameters and DNA fragmentation. Significant inhibition of the antioxidant enzyme systems were observed at 50 μg/L AZX for catalase and peroxidase (p < 0.05). Lipid and DNA damage were significant at 50 and 100 μg/L AZX. These biomarkers were sensitive to AZX and can be used in a battery to evaluate the occurrence of AZX in freshwater ecosystems.
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    ABSTRACT: The relationship between size (length and weight) and metal concentrations in different tissues of two commercially valuable fish species (Hilsa shad, Tenualosa ilisha and tiger tooth croaker, Otolithes ruber) from the north of Persian Gulf were evaluated. Concentrations of the metals in fish species ranged as follows: Cd 0.08-1.34; Pb 0.67-4.43; Cu 3.07-23.38; Co 0.64-5.03; Ni 2.15-7.69 μg/g dry weight, respectively. Metal content in both fish varied with type of metals and tissues. Results showed significant positive relationships between metals and fish size in T. ilisha, while those in O. ruber were not significant in most cases.
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    ABSTRACT: In order to explore the growth inhibition and physiological responses of unicellular and colonial Microcystis aeruginosa during coexistence with Acorus calamus, algal densities, chlorophyll a contents, exopolysaccharide (EPS) concentrations, malondialdehyde (MDA) contents, catalase (CAT) activities, and peroxidase (POD) activities of the two algae strains were analyzed. Although the unicellular and colonial strains of M. aeruginosa were both inhibited by A. calamus, unicellular algae were more sensitive than the colonial algae. The measurement results for EPS, MDA, CAT, and POD showed that unicellular M. aeruginosa had higher levels of stress related damage than colonial strains when they were exposed to the same density of A. calamus, and the cellular defense system of colonial M. aeruginosa was stronger than that of unicellular M. aeruginosa. Natural blooms of Microcystis are typically composed of colonial forms of M. aeruginosa, therefore future efforts to control such blooms, possibly through the development of new algicides, should focus on the unique characteristics of colonial M. aeruginosa strains.
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    ABSTRACT: The striped lynx spider (Oxyopes salticus), is a natural predator of crop pests and therefore frequently encounters pesticides on its substrate and its prey. While pesticide exposure may negatively impact the lifespan of spiders, sublethal effects can also alter their normal behaviors. This study examined how prey capture was affected when spiders and their prey were exposed to bifenthrin and malathion. When spiders were continually exposed to bifenthrin residues, prey capture decreased over time, but mortality was not affected. Malathion exposed spiders, however, showed increased mortality, but their ability to catch prey was unaltered. When spiders encountered pesticide dosed prey, predation was unaffected, implying that spiders are unable to detect residues on prey. These results improve the understanding of how pesticides affect natural pest control and raise questions about the functional roles that spiders play when exposed to different chemicals.
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    ABSTRACT: The feathers and diet items of grey heron (Ardea cinerea) and black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) chicks were collected at the Pyeongtaek colony, Korea in 2002 and 2008, and Cd, Pb, Mn and Zn concentrations were measured. Cd and Zn concentrations were higher in both species in 2008 than 2002 and were higher in grey herons than black-crowned night-herons in 2002. In 2008, Cd concentrations were higher in black-crowned night-herons than grey herons; Zn concentrations did not differ between species. Pb and Mn concentrations did not differ between species; however, there were yearly differences. Cd, Pb and Zn concentrations of feathers and diet were significantly correlated when species and years were combined. However, the predictive power of these relationships was limited because of species and yearly differences. All heron chicks had concentrations of Cd (<2 μg/g dw) and Pb (<4 μg/g dw) consistent with background concentrations for wild birds. Mn and Zn concentrations were within the range reported for other heron and egret species.
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    ABSTRACT: Chalcalburnus tarichi is an endemic cyprinid species living in Lake Van, Turkey. In the present study, we investigated vitellogenin (Vtg) in the plasma of adult male C. tarichi, sampled monthly from Edremit, Campus and Çarpanak sites of Van Edremit Gulf (VEG) of lake, between October 2004 and May 2005. The fish living around VEG winters in deep water around Edremit site. University and Çarpanak sites are also on fish migration way from VEG to fresh water (Karasu River). The levels of measured plasma Vtg changed from trace levels to 26.35 µg/mL. The highest level of plasma Vtg was detected in April, with a concentration of 21.60 ± 1.29 µg/mL. We also performed immunohistochemical Vtg staining in the liver sections of male fish and determined Vtg positive hepatocytes in the liver of 1/10 sampled fish. Our results indicated that C. tarichi living in Lake Van might be exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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