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Possible Estrogenic Effects of Hog Waste Runoff on the Aquatic EnvironmentEPA Grant Number: U915461
Title: Possible Estrogenic Effects of Hog Waste Runoff on the Aquatic Environment
Investigators: Rau, Michelle
Institution: Duke University
EPA Project Officer: Manty, Dale
Project Period: September 1, 1998 through September 1, 2001
Project Amount: $102,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1998) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Toxicology , Health Effects , Academic Fellowships
The objectives of this research project are to: (1) characterize the estrogenic compounds present in runoff from hog waste operations; and (2) examine the potential estrogenic effects of this runoff on the aquatic environment.
This research will provide a preliminary assessment of the potential estrogenic activity of hog waste and the potential impacts on aquatic ecosystems. First, I will determine the prevalence of estrogenic compounds in hog waste contained in lagoons. The estrogenic activity of the hog waste will be determined in the laboratory by exposing killifish, Fundulus heteroclitus, to hog waste and assessing vitellogenin (a biomarker for estrogen exposure) production in male fish. The estrogenic effects of the hog waste runoff on wild fish populations will be assessed in a similar manner by collecting killifish from streams adjacent to hog farming operations and by examining male vitellogenin production.