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Soil, Movement of Pesticides in

  1. Bernd Lennartz

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr226

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

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Lennartz, B. 2003. Soil, Movement of Pesticides in. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

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  1. University Rostock, Rostock, Germany

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  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Once chemicals released into the environment have reached the soil surface, they may be transported primarily horizontally via overland flow or vertically into the soil with the infiltrating rainwater. The horizontal solute transport at the soil surface following the minimal slope of the landscape poses a direct threat to the surface water quality because the soil with its buffer function is bypassed. Hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, can be transported directly from the point of application to large water bodies via overland flow.


  • horizontal solute transport;
  • vertical solute transport;
  • spatial variability;
  • temporal variability;
  • water quality