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Watch the SETAC Latin America Webinar Series on Impacts of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Ecosystems

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  
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Please note: The videos are in Spanish and Portuguese. 

SETAC Latin America, as part of the Global Horizon Scanning Project, identified the top 20 priority research questions for the region. This webinar series addresses “Impacts of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Ecosystems,” one of the top questions that were identified, and it focuses on detection and effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment and implications of environmental stressors.

Although present at low concentrations at the ng L-1 to µg L-1 range, there is growing concerns related to detection of pharmaceuticals in sewage water treatment plant effluents, surface waters, sediment and biota. In fact, enough evidence suggests not only pharmaceutical contamination worldwide but also toxic effects on aquatic organisms. The constant release of these bioactive compounds into aquatic environment may exert unwanted effects through various biological pathways including bioaccumulation. The potential risk of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment is scarce considering future production increase due to human population growth and taking into account environmental perturbations (abiotic factors).