Commonly used pesticides adversely affect common carp

TOC3bThe widely used herbicide atrazine and organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos have been found to contaminate streams, rivers, and groundwater near agricultural lands. However, little is known on the effect that exposure to contaminated water may have on aquatic wildlife. A new study published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety and summarized by The Organic Center addresses this question by assessing the impact that exposure to atrazine, chlorpyrifos and the two combined have on common carp. Findings showed pesticide residues in the kidneys and the amount of stress proteins produced corresponded with the pesticide dose the carp experienced.

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