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IJSTR >> Volume 9 - Issue 1, January 2020 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Heavy Metal Residues In Liver Tissues Of Selected Birds From Aquatic And Terrestrial Environments Of Visakhapatnam, India.

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AUTHOR(S)

Sanchari Biswas, Ch Ramakrishna, Y A Maruthi

 

KEYWORDS

Anthropogenic activity, birds, Biomagnification, ecosystems, heavy metals, environmental contaminants, tissues.

 

ABSTRACT

Visakhapatnam is a fast growing city with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. In the recent years, the avifauna of Visakhapatnam has faced intensive number of increasing threats due to various anthropogenic activities out of which heavy metal contamination is one. The present study was carried out to determine the concentration of heavy metals Pb, As, Ni, Mn, Cu, Co in Liver tissues of five bird species namely White Breasted Water hen (Amaurornis phoenicurus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), White Throated Kingfisher(Halcyon smyrnensis) and Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) from various aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Heavy metal residues were detected using ICPMS and statistical analysis (using Origin Lab 2019) were applied to validate the results. The heavy metal accumulation in the liver tissue samples of the birds followed the order Cu>Mn>As>Pb>Ni>Co. With the application of statistical analysis, significant strong positive correlations were obtained between various species of birds and their metal accumulating pattern with Cu and Mn being the principle two elements absorbed. The overall results obtained in the study suggests the silent ongoing intake of heavy metals by living forms through their food chain which may give rise to biomagnification with time.

 

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