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Seymour, N. P. (2005) Impacts of pesticides and fertilisers on soil biota. In: Soil Biology – Soil Health Conference, Condamine Catchment Management Association Inc, 4th - 5th May 2005, RSL, Dalby.



The effects of inorganic amendments (fertilisers and pesticides) on soil biota that are reported in the scientific literature are, to say the least, variable. Though there is clear evidence that certain products can have significant impacts, the effects can be positive or negative. This is not surprising when you consider the number of organisms and amount of different functional groups, the number of products and various rates at which they could be applied, the methods of application and the environmental differences that occur in soil at a micro scale (within centimetres) in a paddock, let alone between paddocks, farms, catchments, regions etc. It therefore becomes extremely difficult to draw definitive conclusions from the reported results in order to summarise the impacts of these inputs. Several research trials and review papers have been published on this subject and most similarly conclude that the implications of many of the effects are still uncertain.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. Copyright protects this publication. Except for purposes permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, reproduction by whatever means is prohibited without prior written permission of the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland. Author version.
Keywords:Fertilisers; pesticides; soil biology; soil biota; soil health.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Fertilisers
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Pesticides
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
Live Archive:02 Mar 2009 01:53
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:43

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