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Preliminary Study of Pesticide Drift into the Maya Mountain Protected Areas of Belize

Authors
Journal
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
0007-4861
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
86
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00128-010-0167-x
Keywords
  • Article
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

In Belize, Central America, many farms surrounding the Protected Areas of the Maya Mountains rely heavily on the application of agrochemicals. The purpose of this study was to test whether orographic drift of glyphosate and organophosphates into the nearby Maya Mountain Protected Areas occurred by collecting phytotelmic water from seven sites over 3 years. Regardless of location within the Maya Mountain Protected Areas, glyphosate was present; organophosphates were more common at ridge sites. Although glyphosate concentrations were low, due to the number of threatened species and the human use of stream water outside the Maya Mountain Protected Areas, better understanding of these effects is warranted.

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