oa Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa - DDT residue in terrestrial environment in the Mount Darwin Rushinga area: Zimbabwe

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-7788



DDT and its metabolites were analysed in a Mount Darwin terrestrial environment. River sediments, water, soil, house dust, cow dung, grass, leaves, treebark and fish were taken from accessible sites along the Mount Darwin-Rushinga highway during the period March to November 1999. Results obtained indicate widespread contamination from trace residues of DDT. River sediments and house dust had high levels of DDT varying from 0.14 ng/g to 506.2 ng/g and 2.10 ng/g to 276.5 ng/g respectively. Other matrices had generally low residue levels.

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