Preliminary observations of the interactions of mercury and selenium in Mytilus edulis

  • Micallef S
  • Tyler P
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Abstract

Acute lethal toxicity tests with mussels using mercury and mercury-selenium treatments showed that best protection was obtained by simultaneous addition of selecnium on an equimolar basis with mercury. Simultaneous addition of a high concentration of selenium proved to be more toxic than the Hg alone treatment. Analyses of the mercury in the soft-tissues in the mussels showed that some form of Hg/Se interaction did take place whilst simultaneous addition of a low concentration of selenium on an equimolar basis with mercury did not produce a redistribution of mercury in the three different tissues analysed for mercury accumulation. © 1987.

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  • S. Micallef

  • P. A. Tyler

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