Infrastructural Studies toward Genetic Device-based Diagnosis of Farmland Polluted by Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals in the Japan Sea Rim

Project Leader:
Faculty of Agriculture

The Japanese government has designated alkyl phenols as endocrine-disrupting chemicals that affect fish and shellfish negatively with toxicity affecting reproduction. These substances are generated through metabolism and toxification of alkylphenol surfactants by microbes. Therefore, these studies seek to secure the safety of marine resources in the Japan Sea, in partnership with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, through 1) monitoring the status of use of alkylphenol surfactants on land in the Japan Sea Rim, and the resulting pollution status; 2) isolating and identifying the degradating bacteria; and 3) establishing a method for pollution diagnosis using genetic devices.

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