A.S. Series 79-25
Mercury contamination of some segments of the environment has been implicated as a cause of lowered reproductive efficiency in certain waterfowl, possibly through the production of lower quality, thin shelled eggs prone to embryo dehydration and death. Selenium, on the other hand, has been reported to provide some protection from methylmercury toxicity. The studies reported here were for the purpose of determining the extent of the mercury-selenium relationship and whether it is influenced by dietary protein level.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Emerick, R. J.; Palmer, I. S.; Nelson, R. A.; and Carlson, C. W., "Mercury, Selenium and Protein Interrelationships in Laying Hens" (1979). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1979. 9.