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Water Res. 2007 Aug;41(15):3209-16. Epub 2007 May 25.

Bio-sorption of atrazine in the press-cake from oilseeds.

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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Laboratory of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


Oilseed press-cake (PC) is proposed as a novel material for the removal of hydrophobic organic pollutants (HOPs) from water. Sorption of the pesticides carbaryl, atrazine and parathion, with log K(ow) being, respectively, 1.59, 2.55 and 3.83, was demonstrated using cold-pressed rapeseed (Brassica napus), moringa (Moringa oleifera) and soybean (Glycine max) PCs. Linear sorption isotherms have been observed. The partition coefficient of carbaryl, atrazine and parathion using rapeseed PC were determined to be 0.028+/-0.003, 0.144+/-0.003 and 2.52+/-0.24 L/g, respectively. Partition studies of atrazine in PC-extracted oil and defatted PC showed that the sorption mechanism is mainly through absorption in the residual oil in the PC, whereas adsorption on the PC matrix is quantitatively much less significant. It was also shown that the oil content of the PC is not the only parameter determining the partitioning of pesticides. Indeed, sorption using ground seeds was very weak, as demonstrated by the low partition and mass transfer coefficients. This may be due to cell structures blocking the pesticide diffusion to the oil-containing structures within the seeds, while for PC oil they are present in the form of small (10 microm) droplets trapped within the hydrophilic PC matrix, thus presenting less resistance for mass transfer.

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