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Gayatri Basapuram, Dr. Srimanti Duttagupta and Dr. Avishek have a new publiction in Environments.


Environments: "Detection and Screening of Organic Contaminants in A Riverine System of Georgia using Non-Targeted Analysis"


  • Gayatri Basapuram 1
  • Srimanti Duttagupta 1
  • Avishek Dutta 1,2
1 - Department of Geology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
2 - Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia, Aiken, SC 29802, USA

Numerous organic chemicals exist within aquatic environments, yet effectively screening and prioritizing them is a huge challenge. This study provides a comprehensive investigation into the ecological dynamics of the North Oconee River within Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, with a specific focus on the distribution of 33 identified compounds, including a prominent pesticide. The research, conducted in the riverine ecosystems proximal to the Firefly trail, employs advanced analytical techniques to elucidate potential contamination sources arising from agricultural and urban runoff. Intriguingly, the study reveals North Oconee River near the Firefly Trail as a notable site for heightened pesticide contamination, warranting a meticulous exploration of its origins. Furthermore, the investigation unveils the intricate microbial degradation processes of malathion within the North Oconee River, elucidating the pivotal role played by microbial activity in river water. The detection of degradant byproducts prompts the considerations of bioavailability and toxicity, associating potential implications for the river’s overall ecological health. Ongoing research endeavors to precisely quantify environmental risks and unravel indigenous microbial degradation pathways, presenting pivotal contributions to the scientific community’s understanding of complex riverine ecosystems. This research serves as a foundational piece in informing sustainable environmental management practices and emphasizes the urgency of comprehensive stewardship in safeguarding aquatic ecosystems. 


Keywords: pesticide distribution; riverine ecosystems; biotransformation; toxicity; environmental health



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