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Vol.12(1), pp. 1-6 , January 2018
https://doi.org/10.5897/AJBR2016.0921
ISSN: 1996-0778


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Preventive action of zinc against heavy metals toxicity in honeybee



Cevat Nisbet
  • Cevat Nisbet
  • Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Kurupelit, Samsun, Turkey.
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Ahmet Guler
  • Ahmet Guler
  • Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Atakum, Samsun, Turkey.
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Neslihan Ormancı
  • Neslihan Ormancı
  • Enstitu veterinary sciences, Samsun, Turkey.
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Sena Cenesiz
  • Sena Cenesiz
  • Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Kurupelit, Samsun, Turkey.
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 Received: 28 November 2016  Accepted: 24 April 2017  Published: 31 January 2018

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A detrimental consequence of industrial growth has been the steady increase in heavy metal pollution which has major, negative impacts on living organisms. Heavy metals still pose a significant health threat, despite the implementation of many strategies to reduce pollution. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible effects of zinc on the accumulation of some heavy metals in honeybees. Groups totalling 15 hives of Apis mellifera were included in this study. Group A was fed sugar syrup, Group B was fed sugar syrup with Cu, Cd and Pb, and Group C was fed sugar syrup with Cu, Cd, Pb and Zn. Food stocks, number of mature worker bees, environment and colony management were standardised across the 15 hives. The data demonstrated that the co-administation of zinc to honeybees, exposed to heavy metals reduced Cu and Cd concentration in tissue samples, but had no effect on Pb concentration. Furthermore, Zn dietary supplementation was effective in reducing both the suppression of dopamine production and the negative effects of heavy metals on dopamine. The results of our study suggest that zinc supplementation in the diet of A. mellifera has a beneficial effect by reducing the cellular accumulation of some heavy metals.

 

Key word: Environment, honeybee, heavy metal, toxicity, zinc.

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APA Nisbet, C., Güler, A., Ormancı, N., & Cenesiz, S. (2018). Preventive action of zinc against heavy metals toxicity in honeybee. African Journal of Biochemistry Research , 12(1), 1-6.
Chicago Cevat Nisbet, Ahmet Güler , Neslihan Ormancı and Sena Cenesiz. "Preventive action of zinc against heavy metals toxicity in honeybee." African Journal of Biochemistry Research 12, no. 1 (2018): 1-6.
MLA Cevat Nisbet, et al. "Preventive action of zinc against heavy metals toxicity in honeybee." African Journal of Biochemistry Research 12.1 (2018): 1-6.
   
DOI https://doi.org/10.5897/AJBR2016.0921
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/AJBR/article-abstract/53D6DC655750

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