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Abiotic degradation

A hydrolysis study is not possible as dibutyltin maleate is highly insoluble in water. Although from the Yoder, R. (2003) Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometric Study of Dioctyltin Compounds in Solution, it is known that the organotin ligand will hydrolyse to dibutyltin oxide in water.

Biotic degradation

Dibutyltin maleate is not readily biodegradable in a study to the OECD 301F guideline, with a maximum of only 3.2% biodegradation observed after 28 days. Simulation tests are not available.