Pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors: accumulation in aquatic biota and environmental effects

Occurrence, fate, and adverse effects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment have become a matter of concern, since these compounds have been persistently detected in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents, surface water, seawater and groundwater all over the globe. The incessant release of emerging contaminants into freshwater ecosystems could affect a broad variety of organisms: from bacterial communities to fish, as well as aquatic plants and insect larvae. The present thesis aimed to investigate the potential bioaccumulation and biomagnification of two groups of emerging contaminants − pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors − in aquatic biota, including fish, invertebrates and river biofilm in the natural environment. A second aim of this thesis was to evaluate the impacts of exposure to some of these contaminants in the organisms, and the possible relation between bioaccumulation and toxicological effects. ​
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