Direct testing of soil mutagenicity

Cs Hajdu, K. Gruiz, É Fenyvesi

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One of the most frequent soil micropollutants is pentachlorophenol (PCP) used as wood preservative and pesticide. Mutagenicity testing of PCP contaminated whole soil showed that the matrix effect of the soil makes the sensitivity of the test low and the uncertainty high. A solution to this problem is cyclodextrin (CD) nanotechnology, which is able to increase the sensitivity of the Ames test by modifying the matrix-effect of the soil, increasing the bioavailability of the contaminant and the mutagenicity of the contaminated soil. To characterise the innovative nanotechnology whole soil testing of PCP-contaminated soil was performed after treatment with RAMEB (random methylated ß-cyclodextrin) and HPBCD (hydroxy-propyl ß-cyclodextrin) and the results were compared to usually applied mutagenicity test methods with whole soil. Cyclodextrin increased the mutagenicity of the PCP contaminated soil compared to the untreated, which was not mutagenic at all.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2010
Event2008 International Conference on Construction for a Sustainable Environment - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: júl. 1 2008júl. 4 2008


Other2008 International Conference on Construction for a Sustainable Environment


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering

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Hajdu, C., Gruiz, K., & Fenyvesi, É. (2010). Direct testing of soil mutagenicity. 229-235. Paper presented at 2008 International Conference on Construction for a Sustainable Environment, Vilnius, Lithuania.