Top Story: Pesticide additives

Satellite droplets

Pesticide additives cause droplets
to drift, but that can be controlled

By Brian Wallheimer
March 22, 2012

Chemical additives that help agricultural pesticides adhere to their targets during spraying can lead to formation of smaller "satellite" droplets that cause those pesticides to drift into unwanted areas, Purdue University researchers have found.

Carlos Corvalan, an associate professor of food science, said understanding how the additives work together means they could be designed to decrease the health, environmental and property damage risks caused by drift.

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