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Endosulfan in Wind-Transported African Dust Depositions in Crete


The presence of endosulfan in samples of African dust after a typical red dust storm in May 2007 was investigated. The samples were collected from a remote and mountainous area of Crete (Greece) where olive groves are cultivated. Endosulfan I, endosulfan II and endosulfan sulphate were detected at concentrations of 2.7, 1.4 and 1.1 ng/g, respectively, indicating that long range aeolian dust transport could be a possible source of contamination of olive cultivations.

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Balayiannis, G.P., Anastassiadis, M. & Anagnostopoulos, H. Endosulfan in Wind-Transported African Dust Depositions in Crete. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 780 (2009).

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  • Pesticides
  • Transport
  • Dust-storm
  • Endosulfan