Assessing Glyphosate and Fluridone concentrations in water column and sediment leachate

Pramod Pandey, Jeffrey Caudill, Sarah Lesmeister, Yawen Zheng, Yi Wang, Marie Stillway, Krista Hoffmann, Patricia Gilbert, Michael Kwong, Louise Conrad, Swee Teh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Purpose: In recreational water bodies, herbicides are widely used for controlling unwanted weeds, and impacts of herbicide residues on health risks to aquatic ecosystem is a serious concern. This study was aimed to improve the existing understanding of the deposition of herbicides from water column to bed sediment and leachate of herbicides from bed sediment to water column. We investigated the attachment of two herbicides with sediment and release from sediment: (1) Glyphosate; and (2) Fluridone. The goal of this study was to determine the deposition and release of Glyphosate and Fluridone in bed sediment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Materials and Methods: Field sampling was performed to collect water and sediment samples from Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Bottom dredge sampler was used for collecting sediment samples and horizontal water bottle sampler was used for collecting water samples. A series of experiments were conducted to determine the attachment and release of Fluridone and Glyphosate from sediment at a different level of initial concentrations. For analyzing Fluridone and Glyphosate in sediment leachate and water, samples were processed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based method. Results and Discussion: Observations showed that proportions of Glyphosate concentrations in water were higher than Fluridone concentrations in water, when both herbicides were inoculated in water in same quantity. On the contrary, the concentrations of Fluridone in sediment-bound leachate were higher than Glyphosate concentrations in sediment-bound leachate, regardless of the initial concentrations. Fluridone and Glyphosate concentrations in water column samples differed significantly (p < 0.05) over the time even initial concentrations of these herbicides were kept similar, which indicates that Fluridone interaction with water column was considerably different than the interaction of Glyphosate with the water column. Conclusions: Bed sediment can be an important sink and source for release of Fluridone and Glyphosate from bed sediment to the water column of an ambient water body. Significant concentrations of herbicides were deposited in bed sediment of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and eventually the high concentrations of herbicides were observed in sediment leachate. Improved understanding of this important release pathway can provide much needed information to adequately address the impacts of particle attached herbicides on aquatic and ecological environment of a water body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number22
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
Issue numberAPR
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Deposition and resuspension
  • Fluridone and glyphosate in ambient water
  • Herbicides leachate from sediment
  • Particle attached herbicides
  • Sediment and water column interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing Glyphosate and Fluridone concentrations in water column and sediment leachate'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this