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Fate and uptake of pharmaceuticals in soil-plant systems

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JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
DateE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2014
DatePublished (current) - 29 Jan 2014
Issue number4
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)816-825
Early online date9/01/14
Original languageEnglish


Pharmaceuticals have been detected in the soil environment where there is the potential for uptake into crops. This study explored the fate and uptake of pharmaceuticals (carbamazepine, diclofenac, fluoxetine, propranolol, sulfamethazine) and a personal care product (triclosan) in soil-plant systems using radish (Raphanus sativus) and ryegrass (Lolium perenne). Five of the six chemicals were detected in plant tissue. Carbamazepine was taken up to the greatest extent in both the radish (52 μg/g) and ryegrass (33 μg/g), whereas sulfamethazine uptake was below the limit of quantitation (LOQ) (

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  • Plant uptake, Pharmaceuticals, Fate, Soil, Bioavailability, Carbamazepine, Diclofenac, Fluoxetine, Propanolol, Sulfamethazine, Triclosan

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