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This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 28 No. 1, p. 294-298
    Received: Jan 2, 1998

    * Corresponding author(s): kbanks@ecn.purdue.edu


Evaluation of Dissipation Mechanisms for Benzo[a]pyrene in the Rhizosphere of Tall Fescue

  1. M. K. Banks *,
  2. E. Lee and
  3. A. P. Schwab
  1. S chool of Civil Engineering, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN 47907;
    D ep. of Civil Engineering, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS 66506;
    D ep. of Agronomy, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN 47907.



Although polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are common contaminants in soil and are potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic, little is known about their fate in the soil/root environment. The impact of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreber) on chemical and biological transformations of benzo[a]pyrene in soil was investigated in a greenhouse experiment in which 14C-benzo[a]pyrene was added to soil and placed in sealed chambers with and without plants. The distribution of 14C in soil, plant tissue, and CO2 was quantified. Dissipation due to mineralization and volatilization accounted for <2% of the total 14C added in both planted and unplanted chambers and was greater in the presence of plants. Plant uptake of 14C was <0.12%. Residual benzo[a]pyrene was lower in soil with plants (44%) than in the absence of plants (53%). The majority of the 14C label was associated with the soil matrix. The presence of plants enhance the degradation of highly adsorbed, recalcitrant benzo[a]pyrene in soil.

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