Adsorption-desorption behavior of 2,4-D on NCP-modified bentonite and zeolite: implications for slow-release herbicide formulations.

PMID 23089387


Clay minerals have obtained considerable attention for slow-release formulation of herbicides to increase weed control efficacy and reduce leaching potential and environmental pollution. This study deals with preparing, characterizing and examining the potentials of modified bentonite and zeoilite in adsorption and release of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) herbicide. 2,4-D sorption of the N-cetylpyridinium (NCP)-modified bentonites and zeolites were much higher than those of unmodified substrates. The 2,4-D adsorption capacity of the organo-minerals increased with increasing surfactant loading. Desorption isotherms of 2,4-D did not coincide their corresponding sorption isotherms showing hysteresis. The proportion of 2,4-D released from the organo-minerals after seven desorption cycles varied between 29% and 50% of the total retained herbicide. The sorbed 2,4-D on the adsorbents showed gradual release pattern with time. The release pattern of 2,4-D from NCP-modified bentonite and zeolite, make these synthetic organo-minerals suitable candidate for slow release formulation of 2,4-D.