Bioscience

Bacteria may remove steroid used in tilapia fish farming from water

October 12, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Environmental Protection] – Researchers in Mexico have found that three common species of bacteria have voracious appetites for methyltestosterone (MT), a potentially harmful steroid that fish farmers use to change the sex of tilapia. The discovery may eventually result in a safer environment for farm workers and nearby residents and wildlife. It has global implications given that tilapia is raised in more than 100 countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

For more information: Bacteria May Remove Steroid Used in Tilapia Fish Farming from Water