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Title: Uptake of antibiotics from irrigation water by plants
Authors: Abaidoo, R. C.
Styrishave, Bjarne
Weisser, Johan Juhl
Darko, Godfred
Mortey, Christiana
Azanu, David
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chemosphere
Citation: Chemosphere 157 (2016) 107e114
Abstract: The capacity of carrot (Daucus corota L.) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.), two plants that are usually eaten raw, to uptake tetracycline and amoxicillin (two commonly used antibiotics) from irrigated water was investigated in order to assess the indirect human exposure to antibiotics through consumption of uncooked vegetables. Antibiotics in potted plants that had been irrigated with known concentrations of the antibiotics were extracted using accelerated solvent extraction and analyzed on a liquid chromatographtandem mass spectrometer. The plants absorbed the antibiotics fromwater in all tested concentrations of 0.1e15 mg L 1. Tetracycline was detected in all plant samples, at concentrations ranging from 4.4 to 28.3 ng/g in lettuce and 12.0e36.8 ng g 1 fresh weight in carrots. Amoxicillin showed absorption with concentrations ranging from 13.7 ng g 1 to 45.2 ng g 1 for the plant samples. The mean concentration of amoxicillin (27.1 ng g 1) in all the samples was significantly higher (p ¼ 0.04) than that of tetracycline (20.2 ng g 1) indicating higher uptake of amoxicillin than tetracycline. This suggests that the low antibiotic concentrations found in plants could be important for causing antibiotics resistance when these levels are consumed.
Description: This Article was published by Chemosphere 157 (2016) 107e114
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9594
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