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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 18 | Page No.: 3175-3179
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.3175.3179
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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Pesticides and Herbicide in Fars Province, Iran

M. Ebrahimi and N. Shamabadi

Recent studies have shown that certain man-made compounds (including some pesticides and herbicide) through interfering with endocrine system, have the capability to induce developmental and reproductive abnormalities in humans and animals. Pesticides are currently being used in large scales in many developed and developing countries (including Iran), so this study has been conducted to determine the percentage of endocrine disruptor agents in pesticides used in Fars province. The results showed that more than 1,581,690 L of pesticides, in 86 different brands, have been used in Fars province during year 1380 and 25.93% (34 types) of them had at least one carcinogenic agents. At least 30 pesticides (711720 L, 44.99%) had one endocrine disruptor agent and therefore can be classified as environmental hormones or endocrine disrupting chemicals. The percentage of pesticides whom interfering with normal endocrine system activity were, 7.82% (66572 L), 4.54% (39975 L), 22.02% (348400 L), 5.12% (81000 L) and 21.18% (34500 L) of pesticides were antiestrogenic, antiandorgenic, antityroidic, antigonadotropin and anitestroid hormones, respectively. The results showed that about 50% of pesticides which currently being used in Fars province should be banned.
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M. Ebrahimi and N. Shamabadi , 2007. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Pesticides and Herbicide in Fars Province, Iran. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10: 3175-3179.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.3175.3179






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