Impaired pesticide removal and detoxification by biomixtures during the simulated pesticide application cycle of a tropical agricultural system.

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Summary of "Impaired pesticide removal and detoxification by biomixtures during the simulated pesticide application cycle of a tropical agricultural system."

Biopurification systems (BPS) or biobeds have been developed to attenuate point-source contamination due to inappropriate pesticide handling or disposal of agricultural wastewaters. The biomixture used for this strategy should be able to remove different active ingredients but its efficiency can vary due to the constant load of pesticides from crop application programs. For that reason, the performance of biomixtures in conditions that mimic the real pesticide treatment before their implementation in field settings should be assayed. This study aimed to evaluate the removal and detoxifying capacity of a previously formulated biomixture (coconut fiber, 50% v/v; compost, 25%; and soil pre-exposed to pesticides, 25%) during a simulated cycle of pesticide application (93 days) for potato production. The scheme included a first application of linuron followed by a weekly alternated treatment of the mixtures chlorpyrifos/metalaxyl and malathion/dimethomorph, and antibiotics at day 72. The biomixture showed efficient removal of linuron (half-life <15 days), and a fluctuating transformation rate for the other compounds. A constant and sustained removal was observed for malathion and methalaxyl. In contrast, lower efficiency and accumulation was described for chlorpyrifos and dimethomorph. Following antibiotic treatment, changes on pesticide removal were observed only in the case of chlorpyrifos, whose removal was slightly enhanced. Furthermore, acute toxicity assays showed limited detoxification of the matrix, especially when compounds began to accumulate. Summarizing, our experiments showed that the proposed biomixture does not support a proper removal of the pesticides during the simulated application cycle of potato production. Further optimization of a biopurification system is required to guarantee the successful elimination of pesticide combinations when applied in field conditions.


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Name: Ecotoxicology and environmental safety
ISSN: 1090-2414
Pages: 110460


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