alexa Biodegradability of pesticides in water by microbes in activated sludge, soil and sediment.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation

Author(s): Kanazawa J

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Abstract A relatively simple, aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation test method for pesticides is proposed. The method consists of the inoculation of the test substance to a substrate of non-acclimated microbes in activated sludge, field soil and river sediment in a stirred flask. This method was applied to the evaluation for biodegradability of twelve pesticides. The biodegradation rate constants obtained showed a parabolic correlation with the 1-octanol-water partition coefficients of the pesticides and a linear one with their alkaline hydrolysis rate constants. Therefore, the biodegradability of pesticides can be predicted by these two parameters. This article was published in Environ Monit Assess and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation

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