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Web Date: March 2, 2011

Taming Methyl Bromide

Pesticides: Researchers use a two-pronged strategy to prevent the fumigant from escaping into the environment
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: methyl bromide, agriculture, fumigant, Montreal Protocol, ammonium thiosulfate, pesticides

Methyl bromide is a popular agricultural fumigant that can kill fungi, insects, weeds, nematodes, and bacteria. Unfortunately, it also depletes stratospheric ozone. Now researchers have devised a plastic film that reacts with or captures most methyl bromide before it enters the atmosphere (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI: 10.1021/es103713k).

When planting crops such as strawberries, farmers fumigate their fields by injecting methyl bromide into soil. . . .

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