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What is DDT made from?

Answer

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04/15/2013

Commercial DDT is a mixture of several closely–related compounds. The major component (77%) is the

p,

p'

isomer. The

o,

p'isomer (pictured to the right) is also present in significant amounts (15%).

Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene(DDE) and

dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane(DDD) make up the balance. DDE and DDD are also the major

metabolitesand breakdown products in the environment.

The term "

total DDT

" is often used to refer to the sum of all DDT related compounds (

p,p'-DDT,

o,p'-DDT, DDE, and DDD) in a sample.