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Biodegradation in water and sediment: simulation tests

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The test substance is rapidly degraded in sediment and water

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Half-life in freshwater:
2 d
at the temperature of:
20 °C
Half-life in freshwater sediment:
2 d
at the temperature of:
20 °C

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Reactive Black 5 as bis-ester, was applied to a sediment/water test system at a final concentration of 1 mg/kg in the test system. The test substance (TS) was very rapidly degraded. The DT50 of Reactive Black 5 was 2 days. After 3 to 6 days, only 10% of the applied TS could be found. The two major identified metabolites were Reactive Black 5 bis-vinyl, which further degraded to Reactive Black 5 -OH. All metabolites decreased at the end of the test period to levels around the lower level of quantification. Consequently, an accumulation of metabolites could be excluded. The majority of the metabolites of the TS were deposited in form of non-extractable residues in sediment during test phase. After about 1 month, mineralization of the metabolites started.