Pesticide use and off-site risk assessment: a case study of glyphosate fate in Chinese Loess soil

Promovendus ms. X (Xiaomei) Yang
Promotor prof.dr. CJ (Coen) Ritsema
prof.dr. V (Violette) Geissen
Copromotor dr. JGJ (Hans) Mol
Copromotor dr W Fei
Organisatie Wageningen University, Leerstoelgroep Bodemfysica en Landmanagement

ma 9 mei 2016 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Aula, gebouwnummer 362

Repeated applications of pesticide may contaminate the soil and water, threatening their quality within the environmental system and beyond it through water erosion related processes and leaching. Taking into account the situation of intense farming, pesticide use and erosion in China, and in the loess area in particular, this study aims to further the science of pesticide risk assessment by increasing the understanding of the fate of glyphosate and its main metabolite AMPA while also assessing their risks related to soil erosion in Chinese loess soil. The result indicates that it is urgent to improve farmers knowledge and awareness on pesticide use in order to reduce pesticide risks before they are applied in environmental systems. The off-site transport of glyphosate should be taken into account in regions highly prone to soil erosion. The pesticide transport model should be incorporated in existing erosion models in order to predict its off-site effects.