Distribution of antimony in contaminated grassland: 2- small mammals and invertebrates

N. Ainsworth, J. A. Cooke, M. S. Johnson

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Concentrations of antimony in invertebrates and small mammals from grasslands in the vicinity of an antimony smelter were significantly elevated compared to a control site. Higher concentrations of antimony were recorded in liver, lung and kidney tissue of herbivorous and insectivorous mammals from the contaminated sites. However, there is little evidence of bioaccumulation of antimony in food chains represented by the soil-vegetation-invertebrate-insectivore pathway of the grasslands, and little indication of significant accumulation by herbivorous mammals despite marked contamination of their diet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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