Better ways to monitor pesticides in drainage (2008)
This IREC Farmers Newsletter article present an update report on the RIRDC project investigating better ways to monitor pesticides in drainage. The report states that monitoring drainage systems for pesticide contamination is required for irrigation companies to comply with their drainage licences. Results of this monitoring will affect the future availability of pesticides to farmers. Alternatives to chemical analysis for the initial screening of samples may reduce the costs of monitoring, and also help determine whether current environmental guidelines accurately reflect the biological impact of particular pesticides. The report presents information on midge bioassay, ELISA testing and Enzymes inhibitors.