Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in eggs of waterbirds from South China

Chung Wah James LAM, Natsuko KAJIWARA, Karri RAMU, Shinsuke TANABE, Paul K.S. LAM

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Concentrations of total polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Ardeid eggs from Hong Kong, Xiamen and Quanzhou in south China ranged from 140–1000, 30–550 and 140–380 ng g⁻¹, lipid wt., respectively. There were spatial and interspecies variations in the abundance and congeneric profiles of PBDEs. The different congeneric profiles observed among the study sites may be associated with the developmental phases of the cities, as well as a possible consequence of debromination of BDE209. Marked concentrations of higher-brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs 183, 196, 197, 206, 207 and 209) were detected in the egg samples from all sites, probably indicating uptake of BDE209 by top predators, and that there is widespread occurrence of BDE209 in south China. Comparisons of egg concentrations of BDEs 47, 99, 153 and 209 with tentative critical concentrations for neurobehavioral effects and oxidative stress indicated some potential risks for BDE99 and BDE209 in the Ardeid populations. Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-267
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers
decabromobiphenyl ether
Oxidative stress
Hong Kong
Oxidative Stress


Lam, J. C. W., Kajiwara, N., Ramu, K., Tanabe, S., & Lam, P. K. S. (2007). Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in eggs of waterbirds from South China. Environmental Pollution, 148(1), 258-267. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2006.10.020


  • Ardeids
  • PBDEs
  • Eggs
  • Risk assessment
  • China