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DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.11.021
Title (Primary) Landscape parameters driving aquatic pesticide exposure and effects
Author Bunzel, K.; Liess, M.; Kattwinkel, M.
Source Titel Environmental Pollution
Year 2014
Volume 186
Page From 90
Page To 97
Language englisch
Keywords Pesticide sources; Macroinvertebrates; SPEAR; Monitoring; Mitigation measures
UFZ wide themes TERENO; RU6;
Abstract Pesticide contamination is considered one of the reasons streams fail to achieve good ecological and chemical status, the main objectives of the Water Framework Directive. However, little is known on the interaction of different pesticide sources and landscape parameters and the resulting impairment of macroinvertebrate communities. We evaluated the potential effects of diffuse and point sources of pesticides using macroinvertebrate monitoring data from 663 sites in central Germany. Additionally, we investigated forested upstream reaches and structural quality as landscape parameters potentially mitigating or amplifying the effects of pesticides. Diffuse pesticide pollution and forested upstream reaches were the most important parameters affecting macroinvertebrate communities (pesticide-specific indicator SPEARpesticides). Our results indicate that forested upstream reaches and riparian buffer strips at least 5 m in width can mitigate the effects and exposure of pesticides. In addition, we developed a screening approach that allows an initial, cost-effective identification of sites of concern.
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Bunzel, K., Liess, M., Kattwinkel, M. (2014):
Landscape parameters driving aquatic pesticide exposure and effects
Environ. Pollut. 186 , 90 - 97 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.11.021