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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in soil

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The biodegradability under anaerobic and aerobic conditions as well as the elimination are well investigated for 2-mercaptoethanol. Based on the results of the OECD 309 study, the substance degrades in the aquatic environment to a level of >70% within a 28 day period and therefore, the substance is considered to be rapidly biodegradable. Therefore, it is concluded that the substance biodegrades under environmental conditions.