Modelling of Microbial Processes that Govern Degradation of Organic Substrates in Soil, with Special Reference to Pesticides
We tried to develop deterministic models for kinetics of 2,4-D breakdown in the soil based on the following considerations: (i) at low concentrations degradation results from maintenance consumption by a large fraction of the soil microbial population; (ii) at high concentration in addition to the maintenance consumption there is a growth-associated carbon incorporation by a small specific microbial population. Values for the biokinetic parameters are consistent with those commonly found in the literature. Comparison between observed and simulated curves suggests that a non-negligible part of the pesticidal carbon exists as microbial by-products.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
- Pub Date:
- September 1990