Lead and cadmium in wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the Sierra Nevada Natural Space (southern Spain)

Rocío Mulero, Javier Cano-Manuel, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Jesús M. Pérez, José Espinosa, Ramón Soriguer, Paulino Fandos, José E. Granados, Diego Romero

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    © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. The aims of the present study were to investigate Pb and Cd levels in tissues of wild boar (Sus scrofa) from the Sierra Nevada Natural Space (SNNS) (southern Spain). Heavy metal concentrations in livers, kidneys and bones from 111 animals were determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Bones and kidneys were the most Pb- and Cd-contaminated tissues, respectively; Cd concentrations were 5.6 times higher in kidneys than in livers. This is the first biomonitoring study of these pollutants in wild boar tissues in the SNNS, and findings indicate that this population is chronically exposed to these heavy metals. The detected Pb and Cd concentrations were lower than those found in many studies performed in Europe on the same species.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)16598-16608
    JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • Cd
    • ICP-OES
    • Monitoring
    • National park
    • Pb
    • Wildlife


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