The University of Arizona
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Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Research Project:
Transport and fate of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Soils Irrigated with Treated Wastewater (CONACyT Project)

Studies on the concentration, fate and transport of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) including pharmaceuticals & personal care products (PPCPs) and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) have been linked to negative health effects on human populations. The presence of EDCs can promote a physiological response when organisms are continually exposed at low concentrations. This quantitative study will characterize the role of sorption-desorption and biodegradation in the transport and fate of EDCs in soils receiving waste water and establish maximum safe limit EDC concentrations for discharge of treated effluent. Adsorption and biodegradation of EDCs will be determined in abiotic and biotic matrices, respectively. Furthermore, the microbial community in each soil will be characterized for its diversity and compared amongst all of the studied microcosms by cloning the 16S bacterial region, with total bacterial counts determined by Q-PCR. This collaborative project involves scientists from the UA and UDLAP (Universidad de las Américas Puebla).

Group Contact:
Jon Chorover  
Funding Source:

Updated October 20, 2016

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