Role of Adsorption in Studying the Dynamics of Pesticides in a Soil Environment

  • R. Haque
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 6)


Once a pesticide or a toxic chemical finds its way in the environment a major part of it comes in contact with soils. In many instances soil acts as a sink for many chemicals. Thus in order to understand the behavior of pesticides in the environment we must know their dynamics in the soil. The three important factors controlling the behavior of a pesticide in a soil environment are: 1) the sorption/desorption process; 2) leaching-diffusion; and 3) degradation. The subject of leaching, diffusion and degradation will be discussed in the next two chapters. In this manuscript we shall present some of the important points in studying the adsorption of pesticides to soil colloids. We shall also describe how the adsorption process may influence the dynamics of pesticide in a soil environment.


Humic Acid Soil Environment Vapor Loss Clay Surface Chlorinate Hydrocarbon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Haque
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  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Environmental Health Sciences CenterOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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