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Stuart Chalk, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
University of North Florida
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"Detection Of Methamidophos In Vegetables Using A Photometric Flow Injection System"
Environ. Monit. Assess. 1997 Volume 44, Issue 1-3 Pages 375-382
J. Lui, A. Günther and U. Bilitewski

Abstract: A flow injection analysis (FIA) system using immobilized acetylcholinesterase (AChE) has been used for the detection of methamidophos in vegetable extracts. Methamidophos is one of the most commonly used organophosphate insecticides in South East Asia. AChE was immobilized onto magnetic particles; using a magnetic reactor, the particles could easily be separated from the test sample. Results show that complex matrices such as vegetable extracts have no inhibitory effect on AChE activity in the FIA system. The presence of methamidophos in the extracts caused AChE inhibition. The response could be followed as an inhibition curve and the inhibition constant calculated. Results show that using 85% AChE residual activity as the detection limit methamidophos could be detected in lettuce and cabbage at 12 and 3 mg/kg vegetable material respectively. In a simulated field situation, cabbage leaves were spiked with 20 to 40 mg/kg methamidophos, homogenized and tested in the FIA system. The corresponding methamidophos levels predicted by the experimental results came very close to the known calculated values. Data presented here suggest that it is feasible to use this system to supplement the traditional chromatographic analysis methods for methamidophos analysis.
Methamidophos Insecticide Spectrophotometry Method comparison