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Definition of Tetrasul:
Tetrasul, also known as diphenylsulphide, is a pesticide which was used against spider mites and aphids[1].
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The use of tetrasul has been banned in Europe since 2003[2].

Tetrasul has a low water solubility (0.03 mg/l) and is very hydrophobic. It therefore is very likely to adsorb to particles and the sediment and to have a high potential towards bioaccumulation.

Tetrasul becomes toxic for fishes at concentrations above 11 mg/l. As a substance witch bioaccumulates and possibly also biomagnifies there may be risks to marine mammals by secondary poisoning. Mammals which consume more than 3,9 g per kilogram of body weight might be affected. Chronic exposure might cause effects at lower doses[1].

Environmental standards and legislation

Included in the OSPAR list of substances of priority action


  1. 1,0 1,1 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry: Pesticide Properties Database August 12 2009
  2. European Directive 91/414/EEC
The main author of this article is Daphnis De Pooter
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Citation: Daphnis De Pooter (2013): Tetrasul. Available from http://www.coastalwiki.org/wiki/Tetrasul [accessed on 31-05-2016]