Benzo[e]pyrene

B[e]P; BeP; 1,2-Benzopyrene; formula: C20H12; CAS Registry Number: 192-97-2
Structure of benzo[e]pyrene
Source: PubChem
Identifier: CID 9128
URL: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/9128#section=2D-Structure

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with five connected six-membered rings

Benzo[e]pyrene occurs in fossil fuels and is a product of incomplete combustion. It is found, e.g., tires, tobacco smoke, automobile exhausts and emissions from industry as well as in food and water contaminated by exhausts.

In the atmosphere it is found in the particle-phase and enters soils and waters through wet and dry deposition.

Benzo[e]pyrene has a high potential for bioaccumulation. It is suspected to be mutagenic.
Due to lack of data, toxicity and carcinogenicity of Benzo[e]pyrene can not be evaluated. There is, however, some indication for carcinogenicity.

Specimen

  • Common mussel species as invasive animal in rivers and lakes with high information level for water pollution
  • Fine insoluble mineral or organic particles in the water phase
  • One of the most important edible mussel species common in the North and Baltic Sea
  • A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
  • A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
  • A deciduous tree typical of ecosystems close to dense conurbations and an indicator for the characterisation of the immission situation during the vegetation period.
  • As the most dominant deciduous tree species in Central Europe, it plays a significant role in most nearly natural and also anthropogenically influenced forest ecosystems up to an altitude of 1100 m.
  • As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
  • As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
  • Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.

Sampling area

Sampling period

1985 - 2019

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