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The Effect of the Soil Properties on Adsorption, Single-Point Desorption, and Degradation of Chlorpyrifos in Two Agricultural Soil Profiles From Colombia

Mosquera-Vivas, Carmen Stella; Hansen, Eddy Walther; García-Santos, Glenda; Obregón-Neira, Nelson; Celis-Ossa, Raul Ernesto; González-Murillo, Carlos Alberto; Juraske, Ronnie; Hellweg, Stefanie; Guerrero-Dallos, Jairo Arturo

doi: 10.1097/SS.0000000000000174
Technical Article

Structural composition of soil organic matter and the adsorption/desorption characteristics of the insecticide chlorpyrifos were investigated in two soil profiles (Andisol and Entisol) under agriculture production using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and batch analysis methods. Throughout the soil profile, the Andisol had larger values of pH, organic carbon content, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and effective CEC than the Entisol. The Entisol showed larger amounts of kaolinite and ferric and/or aluminum oxides in deeper soil layers. Soil organic matter carbonyl-C, aryl-C, O-alkyl C, and alkyl-C were transported vertically in the vadose zone, with aryl-C being the predominant species in both soils. These results suggest that aryl-C is a reasonable predictor of chlorpyrifos adsorption properties under tropical conditions. Chlorpyrifos adsorption was found to be spontaneous and exothermic, with decreasing adsorption values of the distribution coefficient K d (37.2–10.1 L kg−1) in the deeper layers of both soil types (although more significant in the Entisol). One-step desorption hysteresis showed a monotonic decrease with increasing soil depth and correlated positively with both organic carbon and CEC. The degradation of chlorpyrifos in Andisol (0–100 cm) was investigated using a laboratory incubation method. Degradation rate k was found to be approximately constant (0.011–0.015 d−1) throughout the soil profile where biotic and abiotic processes are active. Based on the Groundwater Ubiquity Score, chlorpyrifos presented a “transitional” leaching potential with soil depth.

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, D.C. 11001, Colombia.

2Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

3Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

4Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.

5ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland.

G.G.S. is now with Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Address for correspondence: Carmen Stella Mosquera-Vivas, PhD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. E-mail:;

Financial Disclosures/Conflicts of Interest: None reported.

Received November 23, 2015.

Accepted for publication September 4, 2016.

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