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Biodegradation in soil

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Rapid and reliable biodegradation of TAEE in soil is not to be expected under environmental conditions indicating very slow degradation in soil.

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No soil simulation tests are available for TAEE, but data are available for the structurally related aliphatic ether TAME. Based on the study available with TAME it may be concluded that rapid and reliable biodegradation of TAME in soil can not be assumed in any normal environmental conditions (Zenker, 1999). The biodegradability of TAME in soil in aerobic and anaerobic conditions seems to be very slow and favourable conditions for degradation are difficult to attain.