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Effect of Pesticides on the Reproductive Output of Eisenia fetida

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We investigated the effects of three different pesticides (carbendazim, dimethoate, and glyphosate) and their mixture on the growth and reproduction of the earthworm species, Eisenia fetida. The study was conducted following the suggestion of the International Workshop on Earthworm Ecotoxicology. The results showed that the pesticide treatment had a marked negative impact on the growth and reproduction of earthworms. Carbendazim and dimethoate were found to cause greater harm to the selected earthworm species than glyphosate.

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We express our gratitude to the University Grants Commission for their financial support. We are also thankful to Reshma Sinha for her helpful support, and to Marcel and Dennis for their assistance with this experiment.

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Yasmin, S., D’Souza, D. Effect of Pesticides on the Reproductive Output of Eisenia fetida . Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 79, 529–532 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-007-9269-5

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Keywords

  • Eisenia fetida
  • Pesticides
  • Weight
  • Reproduction