A simple method of evaluating soil breakdown of 14C-pesticides under field conditions

  • John HarveyJr
Part of the Residue Reviews book series (RECT, volume 85)


A major fraction of any agricultural pesticide, no matter how applied, eventually finds its way to the soil, and it is in the soil that much of the ultimate decomposition takes place. Many pesticides are even applied directly to or incorporated into the soil at time of application. It is obvious, therefore, why a great deal of attention must be paid to studying the many complex interactions that occur between pesticides and the soil. Laboratory studies of pesticide decomposition in soil provide a ready source of decomposition products, and the only convenient method of trapping and identifying volatile products. If properly carried out they have considerable predictive value. Nevertheless, studies under actual field conditions substantially increase the confidence we have in the rate and route of decomposition in the real world.


Soil Column Field Soil Silt Loam Actual Field Condition Soil Cylinder 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John HarveyJr
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  1. 1.Biochemicals DepartmentE. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc.WilmingtonUSA

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