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Tree Belts for Decreasing Aeolian Dust-Carried Pesticides from Cultivated Areas

Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, Institute of Plant Sciences, Gilat Research Center, Mobile Post Negev 8531100, Israel
Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
The Katif Research Center, Sdot-Negev, Mobile Post Negev 85200, Israel
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Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 286;
Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aeolian Processes and Geomorphology)
The aim of this study was to investigate the function of tree belts in reducing the aeolian transport of dust particles carrying pesticides. The study examined the importance of the buffer zones created by commonly planted trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Pinus halepensis (pine) and Ceratonia siliqua (carob)). The methods include analyzing the quantity and the chemical composition of pesticides carried by aeolian dust particles from the intensively cultivated fields and orchards, where pesticides were applied, towards the tree belts nearby. Eighteen different chemicals used as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, were found both in the agricultural fields and in the adjacent tree belts, suggesting an important function of the trees. This ecological service has rarely been taken into consideration by management policies of tree plantings in farmland areas. To integrate this service into agriculture, especially in the case of agricultural fields and orchards, which are adjacent to populated areas, planting tree belts should be positively considered as a means for reducing aeolian dust and air pollution, mainly in order to reduce leakage of pesticides, which are a cause for significant health concerns. View Full-Text
Keywords: leakage; buffer strips; airborne dust; wind barriers; windbreaks leakage; buffer strips; airborne dust; wind barriers; windbreaks
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Zaady, E.; Katra, I.; Shuker, S.; Knoll, Y.; Shlomo, S. Tree Belts for Decreasing Aeolian Dust-Carried Pesticides from Cultivated Areas. Geosciences 2018, 8, 286.

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