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Metal exposure and accumulation patterns in free-range cows (**Bos taurus**) in a contaminated natural area : influence of spatial and social behavior
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Abstract
Possible effects of spatial metal distribution, seasonal-, ecological- and ethological parameters, on the metal exposure of cows were investigated. Therefore the habitat use, vegetation selection and foraging behavior of two free ranging Galloway herds in a metal polluted nature reserve were observed. Metal concentrations in soil, vegetation, hair, blood and feces were measured. Although both herds lived in the same reserve, their metal exposure differed significantly. A high consumption of soft rush by herd 1 during winter for instance was responsible for a large increase in daily Cd intake. The results of this study suggest that the exposure and health risks of large grazers can probably not only be predicted by a general monitoring of soil and vegetation pollution. Also detailed information about the occurring vegetation types, spatial habitat use together with the social- and foraging behavior and diet selection of the species need to be studied.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Environmental pollution. - London
Publication
London : 2013
ISSN
0269-7491
Volume/pages
172(2013), p. 186-199
ISI
000312766300023
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Last edited 17.06.2017
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