TITLE

Multiresidue pesticide analysis of fruits by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry

AUTHOR(S)
Pozo, O. J.; Barreda, M.; Sancho, J. V.; Hernández, F.; Lliberia, J. Ll.; Cortés, M. A.; Bagó, B.
PUB. DATE
November 2007
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Nov2007, Vol. 389 Issue 6, p1765
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC–MS–MS) has been used for screening and quantification of 32 pesticides and metabolites in two fruit matrices. The compounds investigated belonged to different chemical families of insecticides, acaricides, fungicides, and herbicides; several metabolites were also included. Quantification was conducted using matrix-matched standards calibration; response was a linear function of concentration in the range tested (10–500 ng mL−1). The method was validated with blank samples of lemon and raisin spiked at 0.01 and 0.1 mg kg−1, and recoveries were satisfactory, between 70 and 110%, for most of the pesticides tested and relative standard deviations were below 15% ( n = 5 at each spiking level). Excellent sensitivity resulted in limits of detection for all compounds well below 0.01 mg kg−1, with the limit of quantification being validated at 0.01 mg kg−1. The UPLC system generates narrow peaks (approx. 5 s), thus increasing peak height and improving sensitivity. This improved separation efficiency facilitates adequate resolution not only of the analytes but also of matrix interferences compared with conventional HPLC. The method developed could also resolve some geometric isomers. The main advantage of this approach is the high sample throughput achieved because of the short analysis time, which enables satisfactory separation of all the compounds in less than 5 min per sample.
ACCESSION #
27734019

 

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