Polychloride and carbamate insecticide contamination of roe deer inhabiting field and forests

Krynski, A.; Kaluzinski, J.; Delong, A.; Dutkiewicz, M.; Labudzki, L.

Acta Theriologica 2734: 489-497


ISSN/ISBN: 0001-7051
Accession: 021566628

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Chlorinated hydrocarbon residues were identified in the fatty tissue of roe deer from 2 populations, inhabiting forest and field, and an attempt was made to define carbaryl levels in samples taken from the brain, lungs and testes. In samples of fatty tissue the combined concentration of DDD and metabolites, and of different metabolites, was many times higher in roe deer living in fields. No significant differences were found in the total concentration of DDT, metabolites and DDE in the fatty tissue of individuals of different sex originating from the same habitat. There was a significantly higher concentration of .gamma.-BHC in the fatty tissue of field-living roe deer. The accumulation of .gamma.BHC in the organ of field-living roe deer was manifestation of the general use of this pesticide for plant protection. Traces of DMDT 2,2-di-(p-methoxyphenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane residue were found in certain tissues examined from field- and forest-living roe deer. Despite the general use of preparations containing carbaryl for plant protection, no residue of this insecticide was found. All concentrations of insecticide residues found in roe tissue were below the levels proscribed by FAO/WHO requirements for food substances.