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  1. Vol. 40 No. 6, p. 1983-1990
    Received: June 13, 2011

    * Corresponding author(s): dradclif@uga.edu
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17β-Estradiol and Testosterone Sorption in Soil with and without Poultry Litter

  1. M. Beraa,
  2. D. E. Radcliffe *b,
  3. M. L. Cabrerab,
  4. W. K. Vencillb,
  5. A. Thompsonb and
  6. S. Hassanb
  1. a 396 Ano Nuevo Ave., Apt. #112, Sunnyvale, CA
    b Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA. Assigned to Associate Editor Dongqiang Zhu


17β-estradiol and testosterone are naturally occurring steroids that co-occur in poultry litter. The effects of litter on sorption of these hormones to soil are not known. Sorption isotherms were developed for 14C-labeled testosterone and 3H-labeled estradiol in a Cecil sandy clay loam with and without poultry litter addition. The effect of applying the hormones alone (single-sorbate) or together (multisorbate) was also investigated. 14C-testosterone sorption in soil increased from 2 to 48 h and remained relatively constant thereafter. 3H-estradiol sorption in soil was relatively constant from 2 to 24 h and then decreased to 72 h. These differences may reflect transformation of the parent hormones to products with different solid-phase affinity. The maximum sorption coefficient (Kd) in soil for 14C-testosterone (20.2 mL g−1) was similar to that for 3H-estradiol (19.6 mL g−1) in single-sorbate experiments. When hormones were applied together, sorption of both hormones in soil decreased, but the 14C-testosterone Kd (12.5 mL g−1) was nearly twice as large as the 3H-estradiol Kd (7.4 mL g−1). We propose this resulted from competition between the hormones and their transformation products for sorption sites, with 14C-testosterone and its expected transformation product (androstenedione) being better competitors than 3H-estradiol and its expected transformation product (estrone). When poultry litter was mixed with soil, sorption increased for 3H-estradiol but decreased for 14C-testosterone. This may have been because poultry litter slowed the transformation of parent hormones. Our results show that poultry litter could have important effects on the mobility of estradiol and testosterone.

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