Occurrence and seasonal changes of antibiotics in the Victoria Harbour and the Pearl River, South China

Wei Hai Xu, Gan Zhang, Shi Chun Zou, Xiang Dong Li, Yu Chun Liu

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Abstract

The occurrence and seasonal changes of antibiotics in the Victoria Harbour and the Pearl River were studied using high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). The results showed that the concentrations of antibiotics were mainly below the limit of quantification (LOQ) in the ambient marine water of Victoria Harbour. However, except for amoxicillin, all the target antibiotics were detected in the Pearl River during high (summer) and low (early spring) water seasons with the concentrations ranging from 13 to 69 ng ·L-1, and from 70 to 489 ng·L-1, respectively. The concentrations of antibiotics in the Pearl River are all higher than that in America and other western developed countries, no matter in spring or summer. The concentrations of antibiotics showed sensitive daily changes in the high water season.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2458-2462
Number of pages5
JournalHuanjing Kexue/Environmental Science
Volume27
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Antibiotics
  • Pearl River
  • River water
  • Sea water
  • Victoria Harbour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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