State of Research: Environmental Pathways and Food Chain Transfer

Burton E. Vaughan
1984 Environmental Health Perspectives  
Data on the chemistry of biologically active components of petroleum, synthetic fuel oils, certain metal elements and pesticides provide valuable generic information needed for predicting the long-term fate of buried waste constituents and their likelihood of entering food chains. Components of such complex mixtures partition between solid and solution phases, influencing their mobility, volatility and susceptibility to microbial transformation. Estimating health hazards from indirect exposures
more » ... indirect exposures to organic chemicals involves an ecosystem's approach to understanding the unique behavior of complex mixtures. Metabolism by microbial organisms fundamentally alters these complex mixtures as they move through food chains. Pathway modeling of organic chemicals must consider the nature and magnitude of food chain transfers to predict biological risk where metabolites may become more toxic than the parent compound. To obtain predictions, major areas are identified where data aicquisition is essential to extend our radiological modeling experience to the field of organic chemical contamination.
doi:10.2307/3429825 fatcat:5imqfsmupzak5nnaaq7ofxn4ii