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Distribution and uptake pathways of organochlorine pesticides in greenhouse and conventional vegetables

Zhang, Anping, Luo, Wenxiu, Sun, Jianqiang, Xiao, Hang, Liu, Weiping
The Science of the total environment 2015 v.505 pp. 1142-1147
arithmetic, bioaccumulation, food chain, greenhouses, organochlorine pesticides, vegetable growing, vegetables
The application of greenhouse vegetable cultivation has dramatically expanded worldwide during the last several decades. However, little information is available on the distribution and uptake of pesticides in greenhouse vegetables. To bridge this knowledge gap, the present study was initiated to investigate the distribution and uptake of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in vegetables from plastic greenhouse and conventional cultivation methods. The uptake pathways of OCPs were not significantly different between these two cultivation methods. The arithmetic means of OCP concentrations in greenhouse vegetables were higher than those in conventional vegetables, although there was no significant difference. This small difference raised the concern of whether the tiny difference could be magnified to a significant difference by bioaccumulation in the food chain. The issue should be addressed by a well-designed scheme in future studies.