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Occurrence of pesticides from coffee crops in surface water

Author(s): Alexandra Fátima Saraiva Soares | Mônica Maria Diniz Leão | Vanessa Heloisa Ferreira de Faria | Márcia Cassimira Marcos da Costa | Ana Clara Mourão Moura | Vladimir Diniz Vieira Ramos | Márcio Ribeiro Vianna Neto | Elizângela Pinheiro da Costa

Journal: Ambiente e Água : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Science
ISSN 1980-993X

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 62;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: organic micro-pollutant | surface water contamination | environmental science

The excessive amount of pesticides applied in agricultural areas may reach surface water, thereby contaminating it. Thus, the main purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of pesticides used in a sub-basin headwater with coffee crops, situated in the Dom Corrêa district, Manhuaçu, Minas Gerais. The region of study is a great producer of coffee. Crops occupy steep areas and are situated close to surface water bodies. In this study, four sample collection points were selected in streams as well as a point in the distribution network and two points in the water treatment station (raw and treated water) a total of seven points. The samples were collected in rainy and dry seasons. Organochlorines, organophosphates, pyrethroids, carbamates and triazoles pesticides were identified by liquid and gas chromatography analysis with tandem mass spectrometry. The occurrence of pesticides was more evident in the rainy season. A total of 24 distinct pesticides were detected. At least one pesticide was identified in 67% of the samples collected during the rainy season and in 21% of the samples collected during drought. Many pesticides detected in water are not regulated in Brazilian legislation regarding potability.
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