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Windahl, Sara Sol, 2011. The impact of 17α-ethinylestradiol on roach (Rutilus rutilus) growth. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Microbiology



17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2), found in pharmaceuticals is regularly consumed and secreted mainly
from women. Consequently, a significant level of this endocrine disrupting chemical is cont inuously
discharged into the aquatic environment. EE2 is the most potent known estrogen discharged,
it can bioaccumulate in animals and persist in nature relatively long. Laboratory research
indicates decreased population growth in fish exposed to EE2 and this may consequently
change the time of fecundity, bias the sex ratio and decrease the survival rate in young fish. In
this laboratory experiment the growth (length and weight) of roach was analyzed. Roach was
exposed to different concentrations of EE2 (0 ng/l (control), 0.5 ng/l, 5.0 ng/l and 50.0 ng/l) for 75
days in their egg, larvae and juvenile phase. In the final result the mortality was higher among
the estrogen treated roach. The weight and length was significantly increased among the estrogen
treated roach (50.0 ng/l), but the condition factor was higher for the control. The high
growth rate indicates a physiological response caused by the higher food supply among EE2
treated roach. The high mortality among the smallest EE2 treated roach probably influenced
the final composition of EE2 treated roach, which were significantly larger. This is enhanced by
the lower condition factor among the estrogen treated roach, which may indicate a depressed
health due to EE2.

Main title:The impact of 17α-ethinylestradiol on roach (Rutilus rutilus) growth
Authors:Windahl, Sara Sol
Supervisor:Olstorpe, Matilda and Hallgren, Per
Examiner:Passoth, Volkmar
Series:Independent project / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Microbiology
Volume/Sequential designation:2011:3
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:NK002 Biology with specialisation in Biotechnology - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Microbiology
Keywords:ethinylestradiol, estrogen, R. rutilus, roach
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal physiology - Growth and development
Deposited On:25 Mar 2011 07:36
Metadata Last Modified:20 Jun 2016 14:50

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