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Changes in blood pesticide levels in booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) associated with agricultural land practices

, : Changes in blood pesticide levels in booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) associated with agricultural land practices. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 72(1): 45-50

We estimated the degree of exposure to lindane and endosulfan in the blood of booted eagle nestlings (Hieraaetus pennatus) (1999-2003), in order to assess the usefulness of these samples as a unit for monitoring changes in exposure as a result of shifts in agricultural practices and the implementation of legal measures. The highest blood lindane concentrations were obtained 1 year prior to its prohibition by the European Union. Subsequent to that year, the drop in blood concentrations was dramatic. Furthermore, endosulfan blood concentrations follow a progression coinciding with an increase in olive, grape and plum-tree crops. We conclude that concentrations of organochlorine pesticides in the blood of booted eagle nestlings may be used to monitor the use of those pesticides over a particular agricultural region and alert the authorities of possible environmental or health risks.


PMID: 18417218

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2008.02.012

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