Fate of seven pesticides in an aerobic aquifer studied in column experiments

Nina Tuxen, Peter Lysholm Tuchsen, K. Rügge, Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, Poul Løgstrup Bjerg

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    The fate of selected pesticides (bentazone, isoproturon, DNOC, MCPP, dichlorprop and 2,4-D) and a metabolite (2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM)) was investigated under aerobic conditions in column experiments using aquifer material and low concentrations of pesticides (approximately 25 lg/l). A solute transport model accounting for kinetic sorption and degradation was used to estimate sorption and degradation parameters. Isoproturon and DNOC were signi®cantly retarded by sorption, whereas the retardation of the phenoxy acids (MCPP, 2,4-D and dichlorprop), BAM and bentazone was very low. After lag periods of 16±33 days for the phenoxy acids and 80 days for DNOC, these pesticides were degraded quickly with 0.-order rate constants of 1.3±2.6 lg/l/day. None of the most probable degradation products were detected. Ó 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)1485-1494
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • Aquifer
    • Aerobic degradation
    • Pesticides
    • Kinetic sorption
    • Herbicides
    • Column
    • Modelling


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