Agron. Sustain. Dev.
Volume 26, Number 2, April-June 2006
Page(s) 99 - 106
Published online 04 April 2006
Agron. Sustain. Dev. 26 (2006) 99-106
DOI: 10.1051/agro:2006002

High sorption of phenanthrene in agricultural soils

Samira Amellal, Arnaud Boivin, Corinne Perrin Ganier and Michel Schiavon

Laboratoire Sols et Environnement, ENSAIA-INRA/INPL, 2 avenue de la Forêt de Haye, BP 172, 54505 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France

(Accepted 16 January 2006; published online 4 April 2006)

Abstract - We studied the sorption and desorption of 14C-labelled phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, on soils, both in the laboratory using batch experiments and during 6 months of natural conditions using lysimeters. The laboratory results show that phenanthrene is strongly adsorbed, yielding empirical constants of sorption isotherms Kf of 163 for the clay soil and of 77 for the sandy loam soil. This result is unexpected because phenanthrene has a relatively high water solubility of 1.1 mg/L. Phenanthrene is also poorly desorbed, as shown by leaching of only 30% of initially sorbed phenanthrene. The natural condition results show that 27% of the initial phenanthrene occurs as non-available, bound residues after 6 months. The leaching of 14C phenanthrene derivatives amounts to less than 2% of the applied phenanthrene. The 14C phenanthrene derivatives leached included 80% of polar products. Analysis of the extractable residues from soils by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) showed the occurrence of 9,10-phenanthrenedione, a toxic degradation product, in notable quantities of 2-3% of extractable compounds.

Key words: PAH / adsorption / desorption / leaching / agricultural soil / water quality

Corresponding author: Samira Amellal

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