Trace elements and heavy metals statuts in Arabian camel

Faye Bernard, Seboussi Rabiha, Askar Mustapha. 2008. Trace elements and heavy metals statuts in Arabian camel. In : Impact of pollution on animal products : Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Impact of Pollution on Animal Products, Almaty, Kazakhstan 27-30 September 2007. Faye Bernard (ed.), Sinyavskiy Yuriy (ed.). NATO. Dordrecht : Springer [Pays-Bas], pp. 97-106. (NATO Science for peace and security) ISBN 978-1-4020-8358-7 NATO Advanced research wokshop on Impact of pollution on animal products, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 27 September 2007/30 September 2007.

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Abstract : In the desert, camel rearing is an important cultural fact. In the present paper, 240 Arabian camels from Emirates were sampled for the determination of trace elements and different heavy metals. The following elements were tested: copper, zinc, iron, aluminium, arsenic, boron, barium, cobalt, chromium, cadmium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, strontium and lead. The variation factors included age, sex and physiological status. On the average, the mineral contents were 190.3 µg/100 ml (iron), 60.1 µg/100 ml (copper), 44.0 µg/100 ml (strontium), 22.5 µg/100 ml (arsenic), 20.0 µg/100 ml (zinc), 19.7 µg/100 ml (selenium), 19.3 µg/100 ml (boron) and 14.6 µg/100 ml (barium). Other minerals like aluminium (3.7 µg/100 ml), molybdenum (2.9 µg/100 ml), chromium (2.0 µg/100 ml), nickel (1.8 µg/100 ml), lead (1.5 µg/100 ml), manganese (0.16 µg/100 ml), cobalt (0.08 µg/100 ml) and cadmium (0.07 µg/100 ml) were in very small concentration. Age, sex and physiological effects were assessed for some parameters. According to the lack of references in camel species, it is difficult to link those results to polluting context. But those data could contribute to understand the heavy metal status in camel confronted to pollution. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Dromadaire, Composition chimique, Métal lourd, Cuivre, Zinc, Fer, Plasma sanguin, Pollution

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Émirats arabes unis

Classification Agris : L50 - Animal physiology and biochemistry
T01 - Pollution

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Faye Bernard, CIRAD-ES-UPR Systèmes d'élevage (FRA)
  • Seboussi Rabiha, United Arab Emirates University (ARE)
  • Askar Mustapha, United Arab Emirates University (ARE)

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