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Old 11-16-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Wastewater chemicals dampen fish fervour

Wastewater chemicals dampen fish fervour
Nest protection and mating behaviour are altered by low levels of pharmaceuticals and antibacterials.
Published online 12 November 2010
Nature News
Richard Lovett

Wastewater chemicals dampen fish fervour : Nature News
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Pharmaceuticals and household chemicals in rivers and streams may be affecting how fish mate and spawn, scientists warn, even when the substances are not present at levels high enough to cause visible damage.

The laboratory studies, reported at the 711 November meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Portland, Oregon, are part of a growing effort to determine how pollution affects fish behaviour, rather than just their anatomy or physiology.

Drugs and chemicals that are flushed down toilets and drains have long been reported in urban waste water and the streams into which it flows. But it has been difficult to work out how...
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