Professor Ramón Barrio´s research team at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has developed a series of new analytical methodologies in order to tackle the the problem of the persistence of certain commonly used pesticicides in ecosystems such as forests and agricultural land.
The characterisation of pesticicide residues in various matrixes and in kinetic studies on degradation as a function of meteorological parameters provided us with knowledge about the persistence and mobility of the chosen compounds. Also, optimised dosages and application systems were proposed in order to avoid unnecesary environmental risks and minimise their subsequent appearance in products aimed for human consumption.
The characterisation of these compounds involved working with chromatographic techniques (LC-MS, GC-MS) and voltampermetric ones (microsensors based on molecular imprint polymers), at times using the equipment of the Central Analysis Service of the UPV/EHU (www.ehu.es/inves/central_analisis.htm).
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