Impact assessment of pesticide residues in fish of Ganga river around Kolkata in West Bengal.
ABSTRACT An investigation was conducted from 2001 to 2005 for determining the residual concentration of five pesticides, viz., total-HCH, total-DDT, total-Endosulfan, Dimethoate and Malathion in fish samples collected from various points of the river Ganga. Fish samples were analyzed for pesticide residues using standard laboratory procedures by GC method. It was found that total-HCH concentration remains above the MRL values for maximum number of times in comparison to four other pesticides. The pesticide contamination to fish may be due to indiscriminate discharge of polluted and untreated sewage-sludge to the river. The pesticide contents in some places are alarming. Thus proper care, maintenance, treatment and disposal of sewage water and sludge are most vital and should be the prime thrust for the nation.
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ABSTRACT: To isolate bacteria capable of degrading endosulfan (ES) and the more toxic ES sulfate and to characterize their metabolites. A Pseudomonas sp. strain IITR01 capable of degrading α-ES and toxic ES sulfate was isolated using technical-ES through enrichment culture techniques. No growth and no degradation were observed using β-ES. Thin-layer chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrum analysis revealed the disappearance of both α-ES and ES sulfate and the formation of hydroxylated products ES diol, ether and lactone. We show here for the first time the formation of aforementioned metabolites in contrast to ES hemisulfate yielded by an Arthrobacter sp. Metabolism of α-ES and endosulfate was also observed using the crude cell extract of IITR01. The molecular mass of protein induced during the degradation of α-ES and sulfate as substrate was found to be approximately 150 kDa as determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). We describe characterization of bacterium capable of degrading α-ES and ES sulfate but not β-ES. Genetic investigation suggests that a gene nonhomologous to the reported esd may be present in the strain IITR01. This study describes toxic ES degradation by a Pseudomonas species that may be utilized for the bioremediation of the industrial soils contaminated with ES residues.Journal of Applied Microbiology 12/2010; 109(6):2135-43. · 2.20 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Indiscriminate use of synthetic insecticides to eradicate mosquitoes has caused physiological resistance. Plants provide a reservoir of biochemical compounds; among these compounds some have inhibitory effect on mosquitoes. In the present study the larvicidal, adulticidal and genotoxic activity of essential oil of Psoralea corylifolia Linn. against Culex quinquefasciatus Say was explored. METHODS: Essential oil was isolated from the seeds of P. corylifolia Linn. Larvicidal and adulticidal bioassay Cx. quinquefasciatus was carried out by WHO method. Genotoxic activity of samples was determined by comet assay. Identification of different compounds was carried out by gas chromatography- mass spectrometry analysis. RESULTS: LC50 and LC90 values of essential oil were 63.38+/-6.30 and 99.02+/-16.63 ppm, respectively against Cx. quinquefasciatus larvae. The LD50 and LD90 values were 0.057+/-0.007 and 0.109+/-0.014 mg/cm2 respectively against adult Cx. quinquefasciatus,. Genotoxicity of adults was determined at 0.034 and 0.069 mg/cm2. The mean comet tail length was 6.2548+/-0.754 mum and 8.47+/-0.931 mum and the respective DNA damage was significant i.e. 6.713% and 8.864% in comparison to controls. GCMS analysis of essential oil revealed 20 compounds. The major eight compounds were caryophyllene oxide (40.79%), phenol,4-(3,7-dimethyl-3-ethenylocta-1,6-dienyl) (20.78%), caryophyllene (17.84%), alpha-humulene (2.15%), (+)- aromadendrene (1.57%), naphthalene, 1,2,3,4-tetra hydro-1,6-dimethyle-4-(1-methyl)-, (1S-cis) (1.53%), trans- caryophyllene (0.75%), and methyl hexadecanoate (0.67%). CONCLUSION: Essential oil obtained from the seeds of P. corylifolia showed potent toxicity against larvae and adult Cx. quinquefasciatus. The present work revealed that the essential oil of P. corylifolia could be used as environmentally sound larvicidal and adulticidal agent for mosquito control.Parasites & Vectors 02/2013; 6(1):30. · 3.25 Impact Factor