Journal of AOAC International

Determination of chlorinated acid herbicides in vegetation and soil by liquid chromatography/electrospray-tandem mass spectrometry.

PMID 17955986


The method presented uses reversed-phase liquid chromatography with negative electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry to analyze 9 chlorinated acid herbicides in soil and vegetation matrixes: clopyralid, dicamba, MCPP, MCPA, 2,4-DP, 2,4-D, triclopyr, 2,4-DB, and picloram. A 20 g portion is extracted with a basic solution and an aliquot acidified and micropartitioned with 3 mL chloroform. Vegetation samples are subjected to an additional cleanup with a mixed-mode anion exchange solid-phase extraction cartridge. Two precursor product ion transitions per analyte are measured and evaluated to provide the maximum degree of confidence in results. Average recoveries for 3 different soil types tested ranged from 72 to 107% for all compounds with the exception of 2,4-DB at 56-99%. Average recoveries for the 3 different vegetation types studied were lower and ranged from 53 to 80% for all compounds.