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Mutagenicity and PAH Contents of Soil in Forests or Planted Areas in Japan

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We investigated the behavior of mutagenic substances in the soil of forests or planted areas. Mutagenicity and concentration was examined for 16 types of PAHs in soil samples collected at a depth of 1 m in 10 forests in Iwate, Ibaraki, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures in Japan. Mutagenicity and PAHs were detected mostly in soil from the surface to a depth of 30 cm when strains TA100, TA98 and YG1024 were used. In addition, a significant correlation was not found between the concentration of BaP, and specific mutagenic activity (TA98 without S9mix, r = 0.285).

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This research was partially supported by The Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan, Grant-in-Aid for Matching Fund Subsidy for Private Universities.

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Goto, S., Nagaosa, D., Kageyama, S. et al. Mutagenicity and PAH Contents of Soil in Forests or Planted Areas in Japan. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 742 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-009-9824-3

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Keywords

  • Mutagenicity
  • PAH
  • Soil
  • Depth