Gallery: Common Herbicide Causes a Sex Change in Frogs

 

Atrazine is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. It is also the most commonly found water pollutant in North America. Outlawed in Europe in 2003 for after some disturbing links to prostate and breast cancer, over 80 million pounds are dumped on the US every year. Atrazine has long been a suspect in causing the decline of reptile populations, and researchers at the University of California Berkeley recently released a study that found atrazine causes perfectly healthy genetically male frogs to grow up to be reproductive adult females.

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  1. Wastewater Treatment Pl... June 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    […] and act as endocrine disruptors. The chemicals can come from pesticides and fertilizers — as we’ve reported before — and from products people use every day, like soap, shampoo, cosmetics and […]

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