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Evaluation of Mobility and Dissipation of Mefenoxam and Pendimethalin by Application of CSTR Model and Field Experiments Using Bare and Tobacco Tilled Soil Columns

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The soil mobility and dissipation of two pesticides with different physicochemical properties, namely mefenoxam, a systemic fungicide, and pendimethalin a selective herbicide, were determined in bare and tobacco tilled soil columns, which were installed in field conditions for over 125 days. Soil samples were collected at specific time intervals for a 125-day period and the rate of pesticide dissipation and leaching through the soil column was studied. The dissipation half-lives of mefenoxam from the top soil layer in tilled and bare soil columns were estimated at 10.3 and 13.1 days, respectively, while the corresponding half-lives for pendimethalin were 26.7 and 27.5 days, respectively. The dissipation of mefenoxam and pendimethalin from the top soil in tobacco cultivation was faster in comparison with bare soil; however, 120 days after their application, both pesticide residues were detected in the soil. Maximum concentrations of mefenoxam and pendimethalin were observed on the 15th and 33rd day, respectively, in the soil layer of 5–10 cm depth and on the 30th day and 63rd day, respectively, in the soil layer of 10–15 cm depth. Higher concentrations were observed in bare soil columns. The leaching of both pesticides was simulated with the continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) in series model. The simulated peak concentration and peak time for both pesticides fitted reasonably well to the experimental values.

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Triantafyllidis, V., Hela, D., Papadaki, M. et al. Evaluation of Mobility and Dissipation of Mefenoxam and Pendimethalin by Application of CSTR Model and Field Experiments Using Bare and Tobacco Tilled Soil Columns. Water Air Soil Pollut 223, 1625–1637 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-011-0970-y

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  • Mefenoxam
  • Pendimethalin
  • Leaching
  • Half-life
  • Dissipation
  • CSTR model