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bioaccumulate

(bī-ō-ă-kyū'myū-lāt),
Accumulation of environmental chemicals in tissues of exposed organisms.
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Contract notice: Sampling and determination of macrophytes and fish in rivers, reservoirs and fish ponds, and sampling and preparation of fish samples for determining elements bioaccumulate.
Due to the high persistence of OCs and their tendency to bioaccumulate, the U.
Earthworms can bioaccumulate contaminants from soil and serve as a route for soil contaminants to enter terrestrial and aquatic food chains (Nahmani et al.
PBDE mixtures made up of less-brominated compounds are regarded as more dangerous because they bioaccumulate in animal tissues.
Due to their hydrophobic nature and low solubility, PAHs are resistant to biodegradation and can bioaccumulate in the environment through the food chain.
Therefore, copper does not bioaccumulate or biomagnify in aquatic or terrestrial food chains.
PBDEs are persistent and bioaccumulate in the environment, and elevated levels have been found in California citizens.
Properties of PBDEs include resistance to biodegradation and affinity for fats, allowing them to persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in the food web.
Studies indicate that certain plant species are able to tolerate and bioaccumulate heavy metals from soil (Reeves and Brooks 1983, Vassil et al.
DDE is a long-lived metabolite of the insecticide DDT -- banned in many countries -- than can bioaccumulate in marine life such as sports-caught fish.
According to the coalition, effective reform should hold industry responsible for chemical safety, use the best science to protect all people, including children, pregnant women and workers, and should take immediate action on the "worst of the worst" chemicals those known to persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in the food chain and in humans, and those that pose serious risks due to toxicity.
Certain carbon-based nanomaterials share qualities with earlier substances such as DDT and PCBs--they may bioaccumulate, persist in the environment and work their way up the food chain.