Research Papers/Topics in Pure and Industrial Chemistry

ORGANOCHLORINE PESTICIDES RESIDUE IN COCOA BEANS (Theobroma cacao) AND SOILS OF COCOA PLANTATIONS IN ONDO STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACTThe study investigated the levels of organochlorine pesticide residues in both cocoa beans and soils of cocoa plantations in selected farms in Ondo State. Soil samples and cocoa pods were collected from four major farms in the State. The pesticide residues were extracted, cleaned up and analysed using Gas Chromatography-Electron Capture Detector (GC-ECD).In the analysed cocoa samples, the ranges of the mean concentrations of the organochlorine pesticides were: α-HCH (ND-0.094 mg/...