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Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Transfer from Microparticulates to Marine Phytoplankton and the Effects on Photosynthesis

Lawrence W. Harding, Jr. and John H. Phillips, Jr.
Science
New Series, Vol. 202, No. 4373 (Dec. 15, 1978), pp. 1189-1192
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1747704
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Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Transfer from Microparticulates to Marine Phytoplankton and the Effects on Photosynthesis
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Abstract

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) initially associated with microparticulates are incorporated into marine diatom cells. The time course of transfer is rapid; equilibrium is attained within several hours. Assays with chlorophyll a fluorescence in vivo indicate that the transferred PCB's reach sites in the photosynthetic machinery that are sensitive to the effects of these compounds.

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