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Agrochemicals in the Agri-Food Chain

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2017) | Viewed by 6178

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Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue on the impact of agrochemicals on public health in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

As declared by the Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, a high level of consumer protection needs to be ensured with provisions relating to maximum levels of pesticide residues in food and feed of plant and animal origin. Pesticide residues include active substances, metabolites and/or breakdown or reaction products of active substances currently or formerly used in plant protection products. Accordingly, maximum residue level (MRL) refers to the upper legal level of a concentration for a pesticide residue in food or feed set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and depending on good agricultural practice, and to the lowest consumer exposure necessary to protect vulnerable consumers. In addition, these measures are complementary to Directive 2009/128/EC, which establishes a sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. Of course, these issues are relevant worldwide, and not only in the European context, and every country adopts its own legislation.

In this very wide context, we invite investigators to submit both original research and review articles that explore all these aspects. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: environmental toxicology, ecotoxicology, human toxicology, plant protection products, sustainable crop protection, and good agricultural practice.

The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.

Prof. Dr. Marcello Iriti
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  • Agrochemicals
  • Maximum residue level
  • Food safety
  • Public health
  • Environmental exposure
  • Vulnerable consumers
  • Analytical methods

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Sustainable Use of Pesticide Applications in Citrus: A Support Tool for Volume Rate Adjustment
by Cruz Garcerá, Alberto Fonte, Enrique Moltó and Patricia Chueca
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 715; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14070715 - 30 Jun 2017
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Rational application of pesticides by properly adjusting the amount of product to the actual needs and specific conditions for application is a key factor for sustainable plant protection. However, current plant protection product (PPP) labels registered for citrus in EU are usually expressed [...] Read more.
Rational application of pesticides by properly adjusting the amount of product to the actual needs and specific conditions for application is a key factor for sustainable plant protection. However, current plant protection product (PPP) labels registered for citrus in EU are usually expressed as concentration (%; rate/hl) and/or as the maximum dose of product per unit of ground surface, without taking into account those conditions. In this work, the fundamentals of a support tool, called CitrusVol, developed to recommend mix volume rates in PPP applications in citrus orchards using airblast sprayers, are presented. This tool takes into consideration crop characteristics (geometry, leaf area density), pests, and product and application efficiency, and it is based on scientific data obtained previously regarding the minimum deposit required to achieve maximum efficacy, efficiency of airblast sprayers in citrus orchards, and characterization of the crop. The use of this tool in several commercial orchards allowed a reduction of the volume rate and the PPPs used in comparison with the commonly used by farmers of between 11% and 74%, with an average of 31%, without affecting the efficacy. CitrusVol is freely available on a website and in an app for smartphones. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agrochemicals in the Agri-Food Chain)
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