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Oct. 23, 2007

Environmental estrogens is topic of Oct. 26 seminar

Swiss scientist Corinne Hoerger will present a free public seminar, "Environmental Exposure to Estrogenic and Other Myco- and Phytotoxins," at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Lucas Dodge Room of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

Mycotoxins are estrogenic compounds produced by fungi that colonize a wide variety of crops, including corn. Estrogenic phytotoxins can be found in high concentrations in legumes such as soybeans. Both types of contamination have received limited attention in the United States.

Hoerger, a scientist at the Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture, has been conducting research and analytical methods development for these contaminations. She and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be sampling Iowa water and bed sediment samples during her visit.

Attendees are invited to discuss the topic with Hoerger and USGS researchers at lunch following the seminar.

The free event is hosted by the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) and the USGS.

For more information, contact David Riley at CHEEC at 319-335-4016 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,