CAS RN: 121-75-5

Soil Adsorption / Mobility

The Koc of malathion was determined 26 times in a field study conducted with five applications at a 10 day interval in a lychee orchard in northern Thailand; Koc values were reported as 927-17,620(1). Other reported Koc values of malathion in soil are 1175(2), 1200(3) and 1800(4). According to a classification scheme(5), these Koc values suggest that malathion is expected to have low to no mobility in soil(SRC). An experiment conducted to see how much malathion leaches at depths of 50 cm in soil found that most of the malathion is degraded in the higher layers of soil (within the polar carboxylic acid groups) and only small degradation products, that are usually biodegradable, move to the groundwater(6).
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