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Research Article, Expert Opin Environ Biol Vol: 2 Issue: 3

Monitoring of Metal Contamination in the Eggs of Two Bird Species in India

Jayakumar R1*, Muralidharan S2, Dhananjayan V3 and Sugitha C2
1Department of Environmental Science, GITAM University, Hyderabad Campus, Rudraram, Medak-502 329, Andhra Pradesh, India
2Division of Ecotoxicology, Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty, Coimbatore-641 108, Tamilnadu, India
3Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology Division, Regional Occupational Health Centre (S), ICMR, Kannamangala P.O., Bengaluru, 562 110, Karnataka, India
Corresponding author : Jayakumar R
Department of Environmental Science, GITAM University, Hyderabad Campus, Rudraram, Medak-502 329, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Received: September 14, 2013 Accepted: November 27, 2013 Published: December 03, 2013
Citation: Jayakumar R, Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V, Sugitha C (2013) Monitoring of Metal Contamination in the Eggs of Two Bird Species in India. Expert Opin Environ Biol 2:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9655.1000108

Abstract

Monitoring of Metal Contamination in the Eggs of Two Bird Species in India

The eggs of birds are extensively used as biological indicator of metal pollution because they come from a specific fragment of the population, formed in a specific period, have consistent composition, easily sampled and the removal of one egg from a nest has a minor effect on population parameter. Many workers [2-7] have advocated the use of eggs to monitor metal contamination in birds as the birds get rid of their body burden of metals through feathers and eggs.

Keywords: Environmental contamination; Bioindicator; Bird eggs; Peafowl; Grey Francolin

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