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The ecological disruptive and bioaccumulative potentials of PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in freshwater streams
thesisposted on 16.11.2017, 03:59 by ERINN KATE RICHMOND
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) are now detected in waterways around the world, and are most commonly discharged into waterways via wastewater treatment plants. The effects of PPCPs on aquatic plants and animals including fish and insects within these environments are largely unknown. This research examines the ecological impacts of PPCPs on vital processes like photosynthesis, and assesses the potential exposure risks to aquatic animals, including platypus and fish, living in PPCP contaminated streams. While the effects of PPCP contamination can be subtle, PPCPs have the potential to alter the ecology of freshwater systems, often with lasting, cumulative implications.