Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana

Volumen 67, núm. 3, 2015, p. 509-516

pH dependence of Glyphosate adsorption on soil horizons

Hector R. Tévez1, Maria dos Santos Afonso2,*


1 Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero. Avenida Belgrano Sur 1912. 4200 Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
2 INQUIMAE, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales- Universidad de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón II, 3er Piso, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina.

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Pesticides bring many problems to the environment and to human health. The first rationale for their use is increased food production. Glyphosate N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine (PMG) is a non-selective, post emergent, and broad spectrum herbicide, very well known for its extensive application in agriculture worldwide. PMG adsorption experiments were carried out in three horizons of a Typic Haplustoll soil from the Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Adsorption isotherms were fitted using Freundlich and Langmuir models. The affinity constants (KF and KL), the adsorption intensity (1/n) and the maximum surface coverage (Γmax) were obtained. The results show the dependence of the parameters KL and Γmaxwith pH and also with the different horizons and particle size.

Keywords: Glyphosate, Adsorption isotherm, horizon, profile.