Detection of captan in soil


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RANGE OF DETECTION: 8 to 300 ppm

MATERIALS: Captan RaPID Assay, Kit and Sample Diluent. Reagents: acetone (pesticide grade) Equipment: reciprocating shaker, plastic bottles (polypropylene or high density polyethylene, 50 or 60 mL) with plastic lined screw caps, filtration apparatus (funnel and filter paper or syringe/filter) or centrifuge, equipment/tools for grinding and mixing soil, serological pipets.

SAMPLE PREPARATION: Allow frozen samples to thaw. Break up large (> 1 cm dia.) soil aggregates and mix sample thoroughly to uniformity with a mixer, mortar and pestle or by hand with a spatula or spoon.

EXTRACTION PROCEDURE: Useful results can be obtained with extraction times as short as five minutes, depending on the objective of the study, especially when large sample loads are present and when time and cost constraints are critical. The following protocol is recommended when assessing ppm levels while extracting most of the pesticide for analysis. Add 20 mL of acetone to 10 g of soil in the plastic bottle. Position the sample bottle on its side and shake vigorously on reciprocating shaker at high speed (200 cycles/min.) for 30 minutes. Sit the bottle upright and allow soil particles to settle for approximately 15 minutes. If necessary to clarify, filter or centrifuge at least 0.5 mL of the extract.

ANALYSIS: Dilute the clarified extract 1:50 with 'cold' Captan Sample Diluent using serological pipets (e.g. 0.1 mL extract plus 4.9 mL diluent). Analyze the diluted extract as the 'sample' according to package insert of the Captan RaPID Assay.

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