Impact of veterinary pharmaceuticals on the agricultural environment: a re-inspection

Paulina Łukaszewicz , Joanna Maszkowska , Ewa Mulkiewicz , Jolanta Kumirska , Piotr Stepnowski , Magda Caban


The use of veterinary pharmaceuticals (VPs) is a result of growing animal production. Manure, a great crop fertilizer, contains a significant amount of VPs. The investigation of VPs in manure is prevalent, because of the potential risk for environmental organisms, as well as human health. A re-evaluation of the impact of veterinary pharmaceuticals on the agricultural environment is needed, even though several publications appear every year. The aim of this review was to collate the data from fields investigated for the presence of VPs as an inevitable component of manure. Data on VP concentrations in manure, soils, groundwater and plants were collected from the literature. All of this was connected with biotic and abiotic degradation, leaching and plant uptake. The data showed that the sorption of VPs into soil particles is a process which decreases the negative impact of VPs on the microbial community, the pollution of groundwater, and plant uptake. What was evident was that most of the data came from experiments conducted under conditions different from those in the environment, resulting in an overestimation of data (especially in the case of leaching). The general conclusion is that the application of manure on crop fields leads to a negligible risk for plants, bacteria, and finally humans, but in future every group of compounds needs to be investigated separately, because of the high divergence of properties.
Author Paulina Łukaszewicz (FCh/DEA/LChER)
Paulina Łukaszewicz,,
- Laboratory of Chemical Environmental Risks
, Joanna Maszkowska (FCh/DEA/LChER)
Joanna Maszkowska,,
- Laboratory of Chemical Environmental Risks
, Ewa Mulkiewicz (FCh/DEA/LChAD)
Ewa Mulkiewicz,,
- Laboratory of Chemical Analytics and Diagnostics
, Jolanta Kumirska (FCh/DEA/LChAD)
Jolanta Kumirska,,
- Laboratory of Chemical Analytics and Diagnostics
, Piotr Stepnowski (FCh/DEA/LChER)
Piotr Stepnowski,,
- Laboratory of Chemical Environmental Risks
, Magda Caban (FCh/DEA/PAiMŚ)
Magda Caban,,
- Pracownia Analityki i Monitoringu Środowiska
Journal seriesReviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, ISSN 0179-5953, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets2.95
Keywords in Englishveterinary pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical residues, plant toxicity, bacterial resistance, agricultural environment, pharmaceuticals in manure
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine; 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; 2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis; 2310 Pollution
Languageen angielski
Not used for evaluationyes
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Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 4.000; WoS Citations = 3.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.915; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 7.000 (2) - 2017=5.495 (5)
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UwagiArtykuł został zgłoszony do parametryzacji za lata 2013-2016
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