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Mercury and Rice in the California Delta: Lessons Linking Wetlands to Water to Wildlife

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  • Wetlands are hotspots for mercury methylation and export of methylmercury to aquatic foodwebs.
  • Rice is the most abundant wetland type in California and globally in temperate and tropical latitudes.
  • Physical, chemical and biological Hg transformations are temporally pulsed in agricultural wetlands, due largely to seasonal water management practices.
  • Monitoring methylmercury at the right time and location is essential to managing and projecting future exposure for wildlife and humans.




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