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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils and Crops After Irrigation of Wastewater Discharged from Domestic Sewage Treatment Plants


The effects of domestic wastewater application on the translocation and accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil and crops (rice, lettuce, and barley) were investigated by Wagner’s pot experiment. In the soils and crops after domestic wastewater irrigation, high-molecular weight PAHs (5 to 6 ring) were not detected, but low-molecular weight PAHs (3 to 4 ring) were only detected at trace levels.

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This research was supported by a Grant (Code No. 4-5-3) from the Sustainable Water Resources Research Center of the twenty-first Century Frontier Research Program.

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Chung, N.J., Cho, J.Y., Park, S.W. et al. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils and Crops After Irrigation of Wastewater Discharged from Domestic Sewage Treatment Plants. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 81, 124–127 (2008).

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  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • PAHs
  • Domestic wastewater