Environmental behavior of monochlorobenzene in an arable soil

Ferdi Brahushi, Ulrike Dörfler, Reiner Schroll, Ernst Feicht, Jean Charles Munch

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In a closed aerated laboratory system 14C-monochlorobenzene (14C-MCB) was incubated with sieved soil, amended with different substrates, to investigate the behavior of this compound in an arable soil. The volatilized 14C-compounds and 14CO2 were trapped separately thus allowing a clear differentiation between volatilization and mineralization of MCB. At the end of the experiment extractable and non-extractable residues were determined and a 14C-mass balance was established. The results show clearly, that volatilization is the main loss mechanism of MCB from soils whereas mineralization is of minor importance. Additional nutrition sources could not increase the mineralization process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-604
Number of pages6
JournalFresenius Environmental Bulletin
Issue number9 A
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Mineralization
  • Monochlorobenzene
  • Soil
  • Volatilization


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