Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction,

In a new study, researchers have investigated how the endocrine-disrupting substance linuron affects reproduction in the West African clawed frog, Xenopus tropicalis. The scientists found that linuron, which is used as a pesticicide, impaired the males’ fertility, and that tadpoles developed ovaries instead of testicles to a greater extent, which caused a female-biased sex ratio.

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