Pesticide Transformation to Aniline and Azo Compounds in Soil

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Science  23 Jun 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3782, pp. 1617-1618
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3782.1617


The herbicide 3',4'-dichloropropionanilide decomposes in soil to carbon dioxide and 3,4-dichloroaniline. and two molecules of the latter compound are condensed to form 3,3',4,4'-tetrachloroazobenzene. Soil microorganisms are involved in both transformations.