Characteristics of humic substances in the Kuji River waters as determined by high-performance size exclusion chromatography with fluorescence detection.Water Res. 2003 Oct; 37(17):4159-70.WR
Direct measurement by high-performance size exclusion chromatography with fluorescence detection was applied to the characterization of humic substances in river waters from the Kuji River system, which runs through forest hills and an agricultural plain in Japan. The monitoring wavelength of excitation 320 nm and emission 430 nm corresponds to the fluorescence maxima for aquatic fulvic acid. Chromatograms of the river waters showed four peaks; each peak position was in good agreement among these samples. Peak height ratios for the samples from the upstream Kuji River and its tributaries were different from those of the midstream and downstream sections of the Kuji River, which may reflect differences in the characteristics of humic substances and other organic materials supplied from soil to river.