Pharmaceuticals and Personal-Care Products in Plants

Mireia Bartrons, Josep Peñuelas

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    © 2016 Elsevier Ltd Pharmaceuticals and personal-care products (PPCPs) derived from agricultural, urban, and industrial areas accumulate in plants at concentrations (ng to μg kg−1) that can be toxic to the plants. Importantly, the dietary intake of these PPCP-contaminated plants may also pose a risk to human health, but currently little is known about the fate of PPCPs in plants and their effect on or risk to the ecosystem. In this Opinion article we propose that in-depth research on the use of plants as a monitoring device for assessing the use and environmental presence of PPCPs is warranted. The toxicity of PPCPs to plants and their microbiota needs to be established, as well as any toxic effects on herbivores including humans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)194-203
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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