Production and loss of methylmercury, and its uptake in lake food webs of the High Arctic

Sediment methylation and demethylation rates were measured by short-term incubations of stable isotopes of inorganic and methylmercury in sediment cores. Methylmercury photodemethylation rates were performed, during which water samples were incubated in the field under different treatments. Some bottles were spiked with methylmercury or complexing agents and scavengers. Labile concentrations of methylmercury were measured in water and sediment using DGT (Diffusive Gradient in Thin Film) samplers. Characterization of the microbial community in sediment and quantification of targeted microbes potentially involved in MeHg cycling were performed using qRT-PCR approaches, cloning and library analyses combined with gel electrophoresis techniques. Methylmercury bioaccumulation at the base of the food web was examined by collecting filamentous benthic algae and chironomid larvae from nearshore and offshore areas in the study lakes.

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Creator Holger Hintelmann; John Chételat; Alexandre Poulain; Marc Amyot
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2013
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact john.chetelat(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-95.330W, 73.250S, -78.580E, 75.030N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2010-05-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2012-03-31T00:00:00Z