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The uptake of pharmaceuticals and personal care products by agriculturally relevant plant species

CHENXI WU1*, ALISON L. SPONGBERG2, JASON D. WITTER2
*Corresponding author
1. China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), School of Environmental Studies, Wuhan, 430074, China
2. The University of Toledo, Department of Environmental Sciences, Toledo, OH, 43606, USA

Abstract

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have beenrecognized as a group of chemicals of emerging environmentalconcern. Results from previous studies have shown that PPCPs areamong the most frequently detected anthropogenic contaminantsin the environment. Following the reuse of animal waste, reclaimedwastewater and treated sewage sludge (biosolids), PPCPs can enterthe terrestrial environment. However, little is known about their fate inreceiving soils and particularly their uptake potential by agriculturallyimportant plants. In this work, we review the available literature onthis subject, propose future research needs, and discuss possiblemanagement practices that can help reduce PPCP plant uptake.