Publication
Title
Occurrence of organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in wild insects from a former e-waste recycling site in the Guangdong province, South China
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Abstract
Due to the fast growth of the electronic industry, a large quantity of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated worldwide and then often inappropriately dismantled and disposed of. In a pilot study, the occurrence of organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers (PFRs) was investigated for the first time in several wild insect species collected from a former e-waste recycling site in the Guangdong province, South China. TEHP was the most abundant PFR (average concentration of 5.8 ng/g ww), followed by TPHP (2.5 ng/g ww), TCIPP (2.2 ng/g ww), TCEP (0.8 ng/g ww), EHDPHP and TCP (both 0.1 ng/g ww). Dragonfly nymphs were the most contaminated insects, with total PFR concentrations of 68 ng/g ww, followed by moth adults (26 ng/g ww) and terrestrial stinkbug (17 ng/g ww). The different contamination patterns observed in the analyzed insects could be explained by their different habitats and feeding habits. This study shows that e-waste recycling areas can be an important local source of contamination with PFRs, mainly caused by inadequate recycling activities.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The science of the total environment. - Amsterdam
The science of the total environment. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2019
ISSN
0048-9697
Volume/pages
650 :1 (2019) , p. 709-712
ISI
000447092700074
Pubmed ID
30212701
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
The development of a metabolomics-based in vitro model for human hepatotoxicity
Synergising international research Studies into the environmental fate and behaviour of toxic organic chemicals in the waste stream (INTERWASTE).
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 09.10.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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