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Radium-226 and Trace Elements in Mottled Ducks

Frank Montalbano III, James E. Thul and W. E. Bolch
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1983), pp. 327-333
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3808505
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3808505
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Radium-226 and Trace Elements in Mottled Ducks
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Abstract

Mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) were collected in August 1980 to determine radium-226 (226Ra), lead, arsenic, fluoride, and barium concentrations. The mean 226Ra concentration (3.08 pCi/kg) was greater (P < 0.01) in duck muscle tissues from a phosphate clay settling basin than the mean concentration (0.86 pCi/kg) in muscle tissues from ducks collected in a Lake Okeechobee marsh. There were no differences (P > 0.05) between areas for concentrations of lead, arsenic, fluoride, and barium in muscle tissues. Radium-226 concentrations and physical condition parameters were not correlated (P > 0.05). Concentrations of 226Ra in duck muscle tissues suggest that no appreciable human health hazard exists from eating mottled duck muscle tissues.

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