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Behavior of pesticides in plants.Author(s): Logan A. Norris
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-019. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 10 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionA number of chemicals of diverse characteristics have arbitrarily been classed together on the basis of their use and given the descriptive name "pesticides." An unfortunate aura of mystery has developed about these chemicals. However, there is nothing unique or mysterious about the chemicals we refer to as "pesticides." Like other chemicals, they have properties which can be accurately measured; they obey all the laws of physics, chemistry, and biology. Chemical and physical properties of a pesticide and interacting environmental factors determine the behavior of pesticides. Behavior in turn dictates the ultimate fate of the pesticide (16). To predict behavior, we need to measure the chemical and physical properties of the pesticide and the environment. With these data and the laws of physics, chemistry, and biology, we can attack the problem of predicting what happens to a chemical in the environment. Our freedom to continue using pesticides depends on our ability to understand and predict their behavior in the environment. In this paper I will consider the bases of chemical behavior and the behavior of pesticides in plants.
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CitationNorris, Logan A. 1974. Behavior of pesticides in plants. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-019. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 10 p
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