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Bioaccumulation: aquatic / sediment

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Alkyl ether sulfates have a limited potential to bioaccumulate. Available studies on the uptake and elimination of surfactants suggest a rapid uptake, but also fast biotransformation and elimination of the substances. The proposed mechanism for the elimination is the enzymatic breakdown to polar metabolites and alkyl chains by ω- and ß-oxidations subsequently or in parallel.