Degradation of cypermethrin, malathion and dichlorovos in water and on tea leaves with O3/UV/TiO2treatment

Li Lin, Minnan Xie, Yongmei Liang, Yingqian He, Yuk Sing Gilbert Chan, Tiangang Luan

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The main aims of the present study were to study the efficacy and mechanisms of removing three pesticides (cypermethrin, malathion, dichlorovos) from fresh tea leaves and water by O3/UV/TiO2treatment, and to explore the optimal conditions for the removal. The results indicated that the removal rates of pesticides on tea leaves were not affected by water pH, whereas the removal rates of pesticides from water were affected. Eliminating rates of cypermethrin and malathion from tea leaves by O3/UV/TiO2were significantly higher than that by water rinsing treatment (P < 0.05). The O3/UV/TiO2treatment resulted in an 80% removal rate for cypermethrin (initial residue content 5.8 mg/kg) and 78% for malathion (initial residue content 2.2 mg/kg). It could be concluded that O3/UV/TiO2treatment was especially effective for the removal of insoluble pesticides (e.g. cypermethrin) from tea leaves, with a 250% enhancement over the water rinsing treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-379
Number of pages6
JournalFood Control
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Elimination
  • Ozonation
  • Pesticide residues
  • Photocatalysis
  • Tea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science


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