Acta Vet. Brno 2006, 75: 455-461

Bioindicators of Plant and Animal Origin in an Ecosystem Evaluation

J. Žák

Faculty of Education, Palacký University, Czech Republic

Received August 26, 2004
Accepted March 16, 2006

The study had a threefold scientific objective: to perform a botanical survey of the area under study, to identify all plant species grazed by the European hare (Lepus europaeus) and to determine polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) presence in hares using the screening test. The study area is characterized by intensive agricultural operations around the town of Senice in the Olomouc region. During the botanical survey in the agrocoenosis in 2001 and 2002, the author identified 62 species of herbs and grasses and 8 woody species. Of that total, 19 herbal and grass species and 6 woody species were suitable for consumption by the European hare. To determine the PCB concentrations, samples of plants, and the liver and muscle tissue from the front and hind extremities of the European hare were collected. PCB concentrations ranged from 0.0004 to 0.0007 mg in plants and 0.0001 to 0.0005 mg in the liver and musculature of hares.