Good Practices, IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Nano-Pesticides: Solution or Threat for a Cleaner and Greener Agriculture?

06 Jul 2012

Science Daily reports a study by Melanie Kah and Thilo Hofmann from the Department of Environmental Geosciences of the University of Viennathe evaluation of risks and benefits of nano-pesticides to human and environmental health.

“The study presents the current scientific state of art on nano-pesticides and identifies direction priorities for future research”

“Nano-pesticides may reduce environmental contamination through the reduction in pesticide application rates and reduced losses. However, nano-pesticides may also create new kinds of contamination of soils and waterways due to enhanced transport, longer persistence and higher toxicity.”

The current level of knowledge is poor. So “a better understanding of the fate and effect of nano-pesticides after their application is required”


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