Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11056-11063; doi:10.3390/s111211056
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Earthworm (Eisenia andrei) Avoidance of Soils Treated with Cypermethrin

1 Prefeitura Municipal de São Paulo, Av. Prof. João Batista Conti 331, CEP 08255-210, São Paulo, SP, Brazil 2 Instituto Biológico, Lab. de Ecologia de Agroquímicos, Av. Conselheiro Rodrigues Alves 1252, CEP 04014-002, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Received: 11 October 2011; in revised form: 11 November 2011 / Accepted: 22 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing of Organic Pollution in Soil, Air, Water and Food)
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Abstract: The pyrethroid insecticide cypermethrin is used for agricultural and public health campaigns. Its residues may contaminate soils and the beneficial soil organisms, like the earthworms, that may ingest the contaminated soil particles. Due to its ecological relevance, earthworms Eisenia andrei/fetida have been used in different ecotoxicological tests. The avoidance of soils treated with cypermethrin by compost worms Eisenia andrei was studied here as a bioindicator of the influence of treatment dosage and the pesticide formulation in three different agricultural soils indicated by the Brazilian environmental authorities for ecotoxicological tests. This earthworms’ behavior was studied here as a first attempt to propose the test for regulation purposes. The two-compartment test systems, where the earthworms were placed for a two-day exposure period, contained samples of untreated soil alone or together with soil treated with technical grade or wettable powder formulation of cypermethrin. After 48 h, there was no mortality, but the avoidance was clear because all earthworms were found in the untreated section of each type of soil (p < 0.05). No differences were found by the Fisher’s exact test (p ≤ 1.000) for each soil and treatment, demonstrating that the different soil characteristics, the cypermethrin concentrations and formulation, as well as the smaller amounts of soil and earthworms did not influence the avoidance behavior of the earthworms to cypermethrin. The number and range of treatments used in this study do not allow a detailed recommendation of the conditions applied here, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported attempt to identify the avoidance of pesticide treated tropical soils by earthworms.
Keywords: pesticide; pyrethroid; soil parameters; pesticide formulation

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Sousa, A.P.A.; Andréa, M.M. Earthworm (Eisenia andrei) Avoidance of Soils Treated with Cypermethrin. Sensors 2011, 11, 11056-11063.

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Sousa APA, Andréa MM. Earthworm (Eisenia andrei) Avoidance of Soils Treated with Cypermethrin. Sensors. 2011; 11(12):11056-11063.

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Sousa, Ana Paula A. de; Andréa, Mara M. de. 2011. "Earthworm (Eisenia andrei) Avoidance of Soils Treated with Cypermethrin." Sensors 11, no. 12: 11056-11063.

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