Determination of Pesticides and Their Transformation Products in Air

  • James N. Seiber
  • James E. Woodrow
  • Talaat M. Shafik
  • Henry F. Enos
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 6)


The atmosphere has been postulated as a major route for the widespread distribution of the more persistent pesticides in the environment (Risebrough et al., 1968; Woodwell et al., 1971). This has been supported by a growing reservoir of data reporting the presence of residues in air samples from areas far removed from normal sites of application. Risebrough et al. (1968), for example, found an average concentration of DDT-related pesticides and dieldrin of 7.8 × 10−14 g/m3 in dust collected at Barbados in 1965–1966. A later study (Seba and Prospero, 1971) revealed average concentrations of aerosol-borne DDT and DDE approximately three times higher in tradewinds sampled at Barbados in 1968. In a more recent study (Bidleman and Olney, 1974) average DDT levels of approximately 20 × 10−12 g/m3, 100 times those of the earlier studies, were reported from air sampled at and near Bermuda.


Pesticide Residue Pesticide Chemistry Trapping Efficiency Impinger System High Volume Sampling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James N. Seiber
    • 1
  • James E. Woodrow
    • 1
  • Talaat M. Shafik
    • 2
  • Henry F. Enos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental ToxicologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Pesticides and Toxic Substances Effects LaboratoryU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyResearch Triangle PartUSA
  3. 3.Division of Equipment and TechniquesU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyUSA

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