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Grass is not always greener: rodenticide exposure of a threatened species near marijuana growing operations

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Research Notes, February 2018
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Title
Grass is not always greener: rodenticide exposure of a threatened species near marijuana growing operations
Published in
BMC Research Notes, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13104-018-3206-z
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Authors

Alan B. Franklin, Peter C. Carlson, Angela Rex, Jeremy T. Rockweit, David Garza, Emily Culhane, Steven F. Volker, Robert J. Dusek, Valerie I. Shearn-Bochsler, Mourad W. Gabriel, Katherine E. Horak

Abstract

Marijuana (Cannabis spp.) growing operations (MGO) in California have increased substantially since the mid-1990s. One environmental side-effect of MGOs is the extensive use of anticoagulant rodenticides (AR) to prevent damage to marijuana plants caused by wild rodents. In association with a long-term demographic study, we report on an observation of brodifacoum AR exposure in a threatened species, the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), found freshly dead within 669-1347 m of at least seven active MGOs. Liver and blood samples from the dead northern spotted owl were tested for 12 rodenticides. Brodifacoum was the only rodenticide detected in the liver (33.3-36.3 ng/g) and blood (0.48-0.54 ng/ml). Based on necropsy results, it was unclear what role brodifacoum had in the death of this bird. However, fatal AR poisoning has been previously reported in owls with relatively low levels of brodifacoum residues in the liver. One likely mechanism of AR transmission from MGOs to northern spotted owls in California is through ingestion of AR contaminated prey that frequent MGOs. The proliferation of MGOs with their use of ARs in forested landscapes used by northern spotted owls may pose an additional stressor for this threatened species.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 19 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 7 37%
Student > Master 6 32%
Unspecified 3 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 5%
Other 1 5%
Other 1 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 6 32%
Environmental Science 4 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 5%
Other 3 16%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 May 2019.
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