Atrazine biodegradation in biological GAC columns

Margaret Katherine Banks, C. M. Huang

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Atrazine, an agricultural herbicide, is frequently a contaminant of drinking water, but can be removed by adsorption onto granulated activated carbon (GAC). Biological activity in GAC columns may enhance treatment due to contaminant removal by both biodegradation and adsorption. Results presented here show metabolism of isopropyl 14C-labeled atrazine in biological GAC columns produced more 14CO2 than ring-labeled atrazine, indicating dealkylation of atrazine was more rapid than ring cleavage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-519
Number of pages4
JournalNational Conference on Environmental Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Event1992 National Conference on Environmental Engineering - Water Forum '92 - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: Aug 2 1992Aug 6 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering


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