Persistence of estrogenic activity in soils following land application of biosolids

Kate A. Langdon, Michael S T J Warne, Ronald J. Smernik, Ali Shareef, Rai S. Kookana

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Estrogenic compounds may enter the environment when biosolids are applied to land. In the present study, soil samples were collected over 4 mo from a field trial following addition of biosolids. The recombinant yeast estrogen screen bioassay identified estrogenic activity in the soil at all sampling times to concentrations up to 2.3μg 17β-estradiol equivalency/kg. The present results indicate the potential for estrogenic compounds to persist in soil following biosolids application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-28
Number of pages3
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Issue number1
Early online date29 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biosolids
  • Endocrine disruptor
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Soil contamination
  • Yeast estrogen screen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Environmental Chemistry


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