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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in soil

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Rapid and reliable biodegradation of TAME in soil can not be assumed under environmental conditions indicating very slow degradation in soil.

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Based on the few studies available it may be concluded that rapid and reliable biodegradation of TAME in soil can not be assumed in any normal environmental conditions indicating very slow degradation in soil (Jensen and Arvin, 1990; Mormile et al., 1994; Zenker et al., 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.