Contents of Copper, Chromium, Nickel, Lead, and Zinc in Hair and Skin of Farm Foxes
Andrzej Filistowicz1, Piotr Przysiecki2, Sławomir Nowicki3, Aneta Filistowicz2, Maciej Durkalec1
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1Faculty of Biology and Animal Breeding, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences,
Chełmońskiego 38, 51-630 Wrocław, Poland
2Institute of Agriculture, National Higher Vocational School,
Mickiewicza 5, 64-100 Leszno, Poland
3Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology, Poznan University of Life Sciences,
Wołyńska 35, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2012;21(4):865–869
The content of trace elements (Cu, Cr, Ni, Pb, and Zn) in hair and skin of silver fox (Vulpes vulpes) and arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) were determined. The content of elements were determined using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Samples of animal hair and skin were collected from two farms located in mid-western Poland: farm A, situated in a rural area and farm B, situated in a typically urbanized and industrial region. The influence of farm location on the concentration of Cr, Cu, and Zn in fur coat, and Cr and Ni in skin was observed.