Pesticide bioaccumulation in radish produced from soil contaminated with microplastics

Hui Ju, Xiaomei Yang*, Darrell Tang, Rima Osman, Violette Geissen

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The aging of microplastics (MPs) in soils may affect crop bioaccumulation of coexisting contaminants. We examined the bioaccumulation of pesticides (chlorpyrifos (CPF), difenoconazole (DIF) and their mixture) in radish (Raphanus sativus) planted in soils contaminated with MPs (low-density polyethylene or biodegradable MPs). The experiment was conducted with different contamination scenarios taking into account the use of aged MPs and pesticide mixtures. Radish root biomass was negatively affected in the scenarios with aged MPs. CPF bioaccumulation in radishes appears to be enhanced by the presence of MPs, especially aged MPs, and the pesticide mixture. The results show that food safety risks associated with the bioaccumulation of individual pesticides and their mixtures are increased in soils polluted by MPs, particularly MP after aging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number168395
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


  • Aged microplastics
  • Biodegradable microplastics
  • Crop biomass
  • Food safety
  • Pesticide residues


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