Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1983

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

As society places a greater emphasis on agricultural production, knowledge of the wise use of farm chemicals becomes increasingly important. Armed with reduced tillage, crop rotation options, remotely sensed data, and other developing technologies, the agriculturalist must have the capacity to properly apply supportive chemicals. Among these chemicals are the pesticides. Thorough knowledge of the breakdown, particularly biologically based degradation, of effective pesticides is lacking in many cases. Carbofuran is a common broad spectrum carbamate insecticide. Because of its wide use there has been a considerable amount of study on the chemical, microbial, and physical factors affecting degradation. Due to the variability of soil factors, much of this data seems contradictory, especially concerning microbial degradation. In this study we looked at the common environmental factors influencing the breakdown of carbofuran and attempt to correlate these factors with the type of degradation occurring.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Insecticides -- Biodegration

Carbamates

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Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

78

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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