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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Bouldin, Jennifer
item Farris, Jerry
item Moore, Matthew
item Smith Jr, Sammie
item Cooper, Charles

Submitted to: North American Benthological Society Bulletin
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2005
Publication Date: 5/15/2005
Citation: Bouldin, J.L., Farris, J.L., Moore, M.T., Smith Jr, S., Cooper, C.M. 2005. Hydroponic uptake of atrazine and lambda-cyhalothrin in aquatic macrophytes. North American Benthological Society Bulletin. p. 367.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Phytoremediation encompasses an array of plant-associated processes known to mitigate contaminants from soil, sediment, and water. Pesticide runoff modification includes processes directly associated with aquatic macrophytes in addition to soil geochemical modifications and associated rhizospheric degradation. Remediation attributes of two vegetative species common to agricultural drainages in the Mississippi Delta, USA, were assessed using atrazine and lambda-cyhalothrin. Hydroponic 8 d exposures were calculated using recommended field applications and a 5% runoff model from a 0.65 cm rainfall event on a 2.02 ha field. Efficient atrazine uptake was measured in Juncus effusus, whereas greater lambda-cyhalothrin uptake was measured in Ludwigia peploides. Maximum pesticide uptake was reached within 48 h for each exposure and subsequent translocation of pesticides to upper plant biomass occurred in macrophytes exposed to atrazine. Sequestration of 98.2% of lambda-cyhalothrin in roots of L. peploides was measured after 8 d. Translocation of lambda-cyhalothrin in J. effusus resulted in 25.4% of pesticide uptake partitioned to upper plant biomass. These individual macrophyte remediation studies measured species- and pesticide-specific uptake rates, indicating that the seasonality of pesticide applications and macrophyte emergence might interact strongly to enhance mitigation capabilities in edge-of-field conveyance structures.

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