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Journal of hazardous materials

Removal of chloropyrifos ethyl, tetradifon and chlorothalonil pesticide residues from citrus by using ozone.


PMID 23058925

Abstract

The removal of chloropyrifos ethyl, tetradifon and chlorothalonil pesticide residues from the lemon, orange and grapefruit matrices were achieved by ozonation. All of chlorothalonil residues adsorbed onto the orange matrix were completely removed after 5 min ozonation. The highest removal percentages of tetradifon and chloropyrifos ethyl were achieved as 98.6 and 94.2%, respectively for the lemon and grapefruit matrices. All of diffused chlorothalonil and chloropyrifos ethyl residues were completely removed from both orange and grapefruit matrices after 5 min ozonation. Increasing of applied ozone dosage was not significantly effect on the removal percentages of pesticides whereas increasing of ozonation temperature caused a negative effect on the removal percentages of pesticides. The washing of the matrices with tap water was not as effective as ozonation in the removal of residual pesticides. Our results show that ozone treatment has a great potential for removing of residual pesticides from lemon, orange and grapefruit matrices.