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Venezuela industry promotes residue control tool

The Venezuelan agrochemical industry association, the Afaquima, is promoting the use of a simple-to-use pesticide residue control tool. The “biological beds and filters” technology is new to Venezuela, the Afaquima says. It cuts the risk of pesticide spraying even at high rates over a small area. For convenience of water supplies, the filling and cleaning of application equipment is typically carried out in the same place, leading to contamination of soils, the Afaquima notes. The biological bed is largely composed of plant layers, which decompose due to white rot fungus ( Phanerochaete chrysosporium), the enzyme system of which destroys the lignin, and much of the chemical compounds, including pesticides, it explains. The pesticide degrades before reaching the water table. “Several European studies have demonstrated its simplicity, economy and efficiency,” the Afaquima notes

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