publication . Article . 2010

Enhanced reproduction in mallards fed a low level of methylmercury: An apparent case of hormesis

Gary H. Heinz; David J. Hoffman; Jon D. Klimstra; Katherine R. Stebbins;
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  • Published: 16 Mar 2010
Breeding pairs of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were fed a control diet or a diet containing 0.5 µg/g mercury (Hg) in the form of methylmercury chloride. There were no effects of Hg on adult weights and no overt signs of Hg poisoning in adults. The Hg-containing diet had no effect on fertility of eggs, but hatching success of eggs was significantly higher for females fed 0.5 µg/g Hg (71.8%) than for controls (57.5%). Survival of ducklings through 6 d of age was the same (97.8%) for controls and mallards fed 0.5 µg/g mercury. However, the mean number of ducklings produced per female was significantly higher for the pairs fed 0.5 µg/g Hg (21.4) than for controls (...
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free text keywords: Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis, Environmental Chemistry, Methylmercury chloride, Animal science, Mercury (element), chemistry.chemical_element, chemistry, Volume concentration, Hatching, Methylmercury, chemistry.chemical_compound, Biology, Toxicology, Hormesis, Anas, biology.organism_classification
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