Comparative Study Of Leaching Potential Of Atrazine And Carbendazim Pesticide In Low Organic Content Soil

IJEP 41(6): 621-626 : Vol. 41 Issue. 6 (June 2021)

Shri Krishna Singh and A. R. Quaff*

National Institute of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Patna – 800 005, India


In this paper, the leaching potential of atrazine and carbendazim pesticides in soils having 1.52% organic content is presented. The studied soil was a sandy clay loam (53% sand, 19% silt and 28% clay) collected from an open field near the Phulwarisharif, Patna, India. The results showed that both pesticides were adsorbed on the soil. It was also found that carbendazim is significantly depleted by degradation as compared with atrazine since the unaccounted for carbendazim and atrazine were 7.5% and 1%, respectively. Only 2.8% of the applied atrazine leached out and 96.2% was accumulated in the soil at different depth. This shows that the affinity of atrazine with soil is very high as compared to the water. Not only this but it was also observed that the percentage of atrazine that was leached out, has taken only 10 hr and no atrazine was found in the leachate sample collected afterwards. Whereas the behaviour of carbendazim was almost the opposite. About 43.7% of the applied carbendazim leached out and the rest amount 48.8% was accumulated in the soil at different depth which reflected that the affinity of carbendazim with water and soil is almost equal. 


Pesticides, Leaching potential, Low organic content, Groundwater ubiquity score


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