Half-lives and bioconcentration of lindane (gamma-HCH) in different fish species and relationship with their lipid content

H.J. Geyer, I. Scheunert, R. Brüggemann, D. Langer, F. Korte, A. Kettrup, M. Mansour, N. Nyholm

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    In this investigation it is demonstrated that the half-lives of the insecticide lindane (gamma-HCH) in mussels and different fish species are dependent on their lipid content. It is found that the bioconcentration factors on a wet weight basis (BCF-w) of gamma-HCH in different aquatic organisms such as mussels, Daphnia, and fishes range from 43 to 4240. It is further demonstrated that the bioconcentration factors on a wet weight basis are positively correlated with the lipid content (%). The mean bioconcentration factor on a lipid basis (BCF-L) of gamma-HCH is 11,000. This BCF-L value is in satisfactory agreement with the log K-ow value of lindane (4.10).
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number1/2
    Pages (from-to)343 - 351
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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