Rice and Methylmercury

The Methylmercury Lab

Rice ingestion is an important dietary source of methylmercury; however rice does not contain the same beneficial micronutrients as fish. It is important to investigate associations between methylmercury and child development in a population where the main dietary source of methylmercury is rice (not fish) in order to more accurately assess methylmercury's toxic effects.



2016-19 NIEHS: Methylmercury Exposure Through Rice Ingestion, Gut Microbes, and Offspring Development (Award R21 ES026412) (PI: Rothenberg)

2013-16 NIEHS: Maternal Methylmercury Exposure Through Rice Ingestion and Offspring Development (Award R15 ES022409) (PI: Rothenberg)


Representative Publications

Rothenberg, S.E., Yin, R., Hurley, J.P., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Ismawati, Y., Hong, C., Donohue, A., (2017). Stable mercury isotopes in polished rice (Oryza sativa L.) and hair from rice consumers. Environmental Science and Technology. 51, 6480-6488. PMID: 28482656 PMCID: PMC5464010. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01039

Rothenberg, S.E., Yu, X., Liu, J., Biasini, F.J., Hong, C., Jiang, X., Nong, Y., Yue, C., Korrick, S.A., (2016). Maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and offspring neurodevelopment: A prospective cohort study. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 219, 832-842. PMID: 27503636 PMCID: PMC5086436
Hong, C., Yu, X., Liu, J., Cheng, Y., Rothenberg, S.E., (2016). Low-level methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion in a cohort of pregnant mothers in rural China.  Environmental Research. 150, 519-527. PMID: 27423706 PMCID: PMC5003649

Rothenberg, S.E., Windham-Myers, L., Creswell, J.E. (2014). Rice methylmercury exposure and mitigation: a comprehensive review. Environmental Research. 133, 407-423. PMID: 24972509 PMCID: PMC4119557