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Brazilian Journal of Biology

versión impresa ISSN 1519-6984


BOTELHO, RG; FROES, CM  y  SANTOS, JB. Toxicity of herbicides on Escherichia coli growth. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2012, vol.72, n.1, pp.141-146. ISSN 1519-6984.

Agriculture uses a huge variety and quantity of chemicals. If, on one hand, the goal is to increase productivity, on the other hand these products contaminate aquatic environments. Among these products, herbicides deserve greater attention in relation to contamination of aquatic environments due to their extensive use to weed control. This study was carried out because the effects of these molecules on aquatic microorganisms such as Escherichia coli, is still unclear. Using microdilution plate assays, Escherichia coli were exposed to various commercial formulations of herbicides widely used in Brazil. The herbicide paraquat was the only one able to prevent the growth of Escherichia coli and is characterized as bacteriostatic.

Palabras clave : aquatic ecosystem; bacteriostatic; paraquat.

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