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Investigation of Fluoroquinolones, Sulfonamides and Macrolides in Long-Term Wastewater Irrigation Soil in Tianjin, China

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Fluoroquinolones, sulfonamides and macrolides were analyzed in soil samples collected from suburban areas in Tianjin, China. Fluoroquinolones were the predominant class of antibiotics. The mean total concentration of fluoroquinolones (33.56 μg/kg) was 30-fold higher than one of macrolides, which were the second dominant class antibiotics. Sulfonamides showed the lowest level in soil. The spatial distribution of fluoroquinolones showed wastewater irrigation was a potential source of antibiotics. The individual antibiotics levels were all below the trigger value (100 μg/kg) set by the Steering Committee of Veterinary International Committee, indicating the low risk for organisms in the agricultural soils of Tianjin.

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This work was jointly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20837003, 20890111) and the National Basic Research Program of China (2009CB421605).

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Shi, Y., Gao, L., Li, W. et al. Investigation of Fluoroquinolones, Sulfonamides and Macrolides in Long-Term Wastewater Irrigation Soil in Tianjin, China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 857–861 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-012-0761-1

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Keywords

  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Sulfonamides
  • Macrolides
  • Soil