Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 1109–1117 | Cite as

The effects of Roundup on gametes and early development of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L)

  • Katarzyna Lugowska


To determine the effects of Roundup, a commercial formulation of glyphosate, gametes, and embryos of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L) was exposed to wide range of herbicide concentrations (0.0, 0.1, 0.5, 2.0, 5.0, 10.0, 20.0, and 50.0 mg/l). The obtained results showed different effects of Roundup on common carp gametes. Herbicide reduced swelling of eggs (but the effect was not concentration-related), while sperm showed low sensitivity to Roundup (time of spermatozoa motility was reduced in a significant way only at 20 mg/l, and at remaining concentrations, only a slight tendency was observed). During the embryonic development, Roundup caused a decrease of common carp embryonic survival (and the effect was concentration-related); however, it had no effect on development rate. During the embryogenesis, three types of embryo body malformation were observed: yolk sac edema, spine curvature, and shortening of body, but their frequencies were not associated with the presence or concentration of herbicide. However, Roundup affected quality of newly hatched larvae of common carp by increasing their mortality. No effect of herbicide on percentage of deformed larvae was observed but larvae hatched in water with Roundup tended to show more complex anomalies compared to those from the control. Obtained data showed that even low concentrations of this herbicide in waters can significantly reduce egg swelling, survival of embryos, and quality of fish larvae.


Fish Glyphosate Eggs Embryos Larvae Sperm 


Funding information

The present study was financed from funds provided by the Siedlce University of Natural Science and Humanities, project No 387/14/S.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal PhysiologySiedlce University of Natural Sciences and HumanitiesSiedlcePoland

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