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Mitigation of Diffuse Sources Related to Pesticide Application: the TOPPS-PROWADIS Project

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and the Environment Conference Proceedings, May 27-June 1, 2012, Bari, Italy  12-13669.(doi:10.13031/2013.41409)
Authors:   Paolo Balsari Full professor, Paolo Marucco Assistant researcher, Aldo Ferrero Full professor, Manfred Roettele Project manager
Keywords:   Sprayer, drift, run-off, pesticide, environment

Improper use of pesticides in agriculture may contaminate surface water. According to several studies carried out especially in Northern Europe, majority of risks are linked to point sources, that are mainly generated during the filling and cleaning of sprayers and the disposal of remnants. Between 2005 and 2008 a EU-Life funded project named TOPPS (Training of Operators to prevent Pollution from Point Sources) was carried out in 15 EU countries aimed at defining and disseminating common Best Management Practices (BMP) to prevent point sources (

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