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NILGIRIS: PESTICIDE LEVELS IN POTATO, CARROT

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A study of fruits and vegetables grown in the Nilgiris has found that some of the produce might be harbouring high levels of pesticide, beyond what is considered advisable

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  • Organophosphate use was high in carrot and potato cultivation
  • Using liquid chromatography in tandem with mass spectrometry, the research team developed a sensitive method to estimate the levels of organophosphates in the fruits and vegetables
  • Organophosphate pesticides such as acephate, malathion, profenofos, chlorpyrifos and quinalphos are used in the cultivation of fruits and vegetables



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