Effects of the application of carbonaceous adsorbents on pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima) uptake of heptachlor epoxide in soil

Hirotatsu Murano, Takashi Otani, Tomoyuki Makino, Nobuyasu Seike, Mizuki Sakai

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Abstract

The use of heptachlor, a cyclodiene-type insecticide, has been banned since the 1970s because of its carcinogenic potential. However, its metabolite, heptachlor exo-epoxide (HEPX), has still been detected in the fruit of cucurbits produced in some areas. It is important to reduce the daily intake of HEPX contained in food. To address this issue, the effects of carbonaceous adsorbents on the uptake of HEPX from the soil by Cucurbita maxima Dutch. (winter squash) were investigated. Amorphous organic carbons, such as peat moss and wood chips, did not affect the concentration of HEPX in the soil solution or the amount present in the shoots. In contrast, relatively condensed carbon, such as activated carbons, decreased the concentration of HEPX in the soil solution and in the shoots. The uptake amount in the shoot was closely correlated with the concentration of HEPX in the soil solution, which suggests that its uptake by C. maxima depends on its concentration in the soil solution. Activated carbons did not affect the growth of C. maxima. Therefore, the application of activated carbon to soil contaminated with HEPX appears to be an effective method of reducing the uptake of HEPX by C. maxima.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adsorbent
  • Cucurbita maxima
  • Heptachlor
  • Soil solution
  • Uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science

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