Glyphosate in waters and soils from genetically modified canola cultivation in Parkes, NSW, Australia

Nahar, Kamrun and Niven, Robert K. and Pearson, Stuart and Badek, Kate and Riesen, Hans and Rahman, A. F. Mokhlesur (2013) Glyphosate in waters and soils from genetically modified canola cultivation in Parkes, NSW, Australia. In: SEAg 2013: Innovative Agricultural Technologies for a Sustainable Future, 22-24 Sept 2013, Barton, Western Australia.

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Investigations were conducted of farmland from the Parkes region of New South Wales, Australia, cultivated with genetically modified canola, involving the determination of glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) concentrations in water and soils, and its sorption. The soils are classified as loam under the USDA system (clay 13.8-15.8%, silt 39-43%, sand 41.2-47.2%). Firstly, a low-cost fluorometric method was developed for the analysis of glyphosate in waters and soils, calibrated against analytical standards and spectrophotometric and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods. Soil and water samples were then collected using the NEPM sampling protocol into glass containers, chilled and analysed within two weeks. The samples were collected in multiple episodes, taking account of glyphosate and pesticide crop applications. The soil and water physical and chemical properties were characterised, and glyphosate levels were determined. Field concentrations of glyphosate ranged between 0.01 - 0.067 mg/L in water and 0.10 - 0.575 mg/kg in soil. The aqueous levels lie below Australian and international drinking water guidelines, but reach a Canadian freshwater guideline. Glyphosate levels varied with time of application and rainfall events. Glyphosate sorption isotherms were also constructed by batch tests on several soils, and were fitted with Freundlich and Langmuir isotherms. Desorption tests indicated 25% to 58% of soil glyphosate is extractable by 0.1M KH2PO4.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Engineers Australia.
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Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 03:40
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 06:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: glyphosate, water, soil, fluorometric, spectrophotometric, ELISA, sorption isotherm
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400499 Chemical engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960608 Rural Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)

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