Biodeterioration of Navy Insecticides in the Ocean.
Annual rept. no. 4, 1 Jul 73-30 Jun 74,
CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB (NAVY) PORT HUENEME CALIF
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Based on the results of previous effort in this investigation of the biodeterioration of insecticides in the ocean, it was hypothesized that the water-insoluble chlorinated insecticides are transported in sea water primarily by being absorbed in the fatty cell membranes of microorganisms suspended in the water. The hypothesis predicts that insecticides somewhat less fat-soluble than DDT will not enter the ocean food chain as readily as DDT. They would not be as hazardous as DDT and yet might be just as toxic and persistent. The hypothesis also predicts that insecticides in sewage can be removed with the microbial cells in a primary or secondary treating plant. At the Civil Engineering Laboratory several experiments are underway to determine the validity of the hypothesis.
- Biological Oceanography
- Water Pollution and Control