Fishpond sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs in the Pearl River delta: characteristics, environmental risk and fate following the use of the sediment as plant growth media

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Li, Huashou, Ling, Weifeng and Lin, Chuxia. 2011. "Fishpond sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs in the Pearl River delta: characteristics, environmental risk and fate following the use of the sediment as plant growth media ." Journal of Hazardous Materials. 186 (2-3), pp. 1474-1480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.12.031
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Fishpond sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs in the Pearl River delta: characteristics, environmental risk and fate following the use of the sediment as plant growth media

ERA Journal ID4682
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLi, Huashou (Author), Ling, Weifeng (Author) and Lin, Chuxia (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Hazardous Materials
Journal Citation186 (2-3), pp. 1474-1480
Number of Pages7
Year2011
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
ISSN0304-3894
1873-3336
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.12.031
Abstract

Investigation was made to characterize the fishpond sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs in a dyke-pond integrated agriculture-aquaculture system. Microcosm experiment was conducted to track the fate of DDTs and HCHs following the use of the sediment as plant growth media. The ratios of DDT/DDE. +. DDD, o,p′-DDT/p,p′-DDT and DDD/DDE were over 4, over 2 and nearly 2, respectively. These suggest that fresh DDT inputs from dicofol application are likely and anaerobic decomposition was the major pathway of DDT degradation. The sediments had higher percentage of δ-HCH and lower percentage of γ-HCH, compared to technical HCH. The levels of both DDTs and HCHs were higher in the sediments, as compared to those in the estuarine sediments and fishpond sediments in non-traditional dyke-pond system. The sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs posed an environmental threat to the local ecosystem. Upon its use as plant growth media, the majority of DDTs was retained in the soil while <1/3 of the original soil-borne DDTs were lost; no leaching loss was recorded and plant uptake was negligible. Only <20% of the original soil-borne HCHs were retained in the soil while leaching loss accounted for 1.24%; nearly 79% of the original soil-borne HCHs disappeared as a result of HCHs degradation and possibly volatilization.

Keywordsbenthic sediment; DDT; environmental fate; fishpond; HCH; microcosm experiment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410604. Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science)
300501. Aquaculture
370509. Sedimentology
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Byline AffiliationsSouth China Agricultural University, China
Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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