Bioavailability of phthalate congeners to earthworms (Eisenia fetida) in artificially contaminated soils.

  title={Bioavailability of phthalate congeners to earthworms (Eisenia fetida) in artificially contaminated soils.},
  author={Xiaoyu Hu and Bei Wen and Shuzhen Zhang and Xiao-quan Shan},
  journal={Ecotoxicology and environmental safety},
  volume={62 1},
Bioavailability of phthalate congeners, dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and dioctyl phthalate, to earthworms (Eisenia fetida) were studied when earthworms were exposed to two artificially contaminated agricultural and forest soils. Only DBP and DEHP were detected in earthworms. The uptake kinetics of DBP and DEHP in earthworms was fast within the initial 10 days followed by a nearly steady state for the subsequent 20 days… CONTINUE READING


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