Evaluation of perfluoroalkyl substances in field-cultivated vegetables

Heesoo Eun , Eriko Yamazaki , Sachi Taniyasu , Agata Miecznikowska , Jerzy Falandysz , Nobuyoshi Yamashita


Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) were investigated in three types of vegetables (fruit, leafy, and root vegetables) that were cultivated and harvested from 2014 to 2017. The cultivated soil was mainly affected by perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acid (PFCAs; 91.8% detection rate) rather than perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSAs; 8.2%). The cultivated soil (i.e., a volcanic cohesive soil) had a high total organic carbon (TOC = 3.4%) and therefore showed strong adsorption of long-chain PFASs. Short-chain PFCAs (i.e., under C9) were mainly detected in vegetables; specifically, PFBA showed high concentration in tomato shoots. Principal component analysis (PCA) plots clearly showed that PFASs in vegetables were different from those of cultivated soil, air, and rainwater. Interestingly, the whole potato (i.e., including peel) was in the same group as soil, indicating that the whole potato can easily be affected by the cultivated soil. Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry-Scanning Electron Microscope (EDS-SEM) results showed that presence of unremovable micron-sized cultivated soil particles on the potato surface. Comparing the regional differences between the cultivated area of Tsukuba city (East Japan) and Osaka city (West Japan), PFASs patterns were similar in cucumber but differed in green perilla and potato.
Author Heesoo Eun
Heesoo Eun,,
, Eriko Yamazaki
Eriko Yamazaki,,
, Sachi Taniyasu
Sachi Taniyasu,,
, Agata Miecznikowska (FCh/DEChR/PTiOR)
Agata Miecznikowska,,
- Pracownia Toksykologii i Ochrony Radiologicznej
, Jerzy Falandysz (FCh/DEChR/LEChE)
Jerzy Falandysz,,
- Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
, Nobuyoshi Yamashita
Nobuyoshi Yamashita,,
Journal seriesChemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, e-ISSN 1879-1298, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.50
Article number124750
Keywords in EnglishPFCAs, PFBA, soil particles
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine; 1600 General Chemistry; 2304 Environmental Chemistry
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 06-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.540; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 5.108 (2) - 2018=5.089 (5)
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