Biomagnification is a biological phenomenon in which various contaminants and toxic chemicals from lower level organisms end up in the systems of higher level organisms in the food chain. This occurs due to the contaminants being hard to be broken down by the natural process, which further results in less degradation when ingested, leading to bioconcentration. As these toxic wastes accumulate along the food chain, it only amplifies and increases progressively. Hence, it is also known as bioamplification.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the common source of biomagnification in humans?
Methylmercury is one of the toxicants that biomagnifies from aquatic life into the human system. The other common toxicant is DDT, which is one of the common insecticides. Bisphenol A is also a common toxicant that easily biomagnifies through domestic plastic utilities and water systems.