The diverse nature of today’s pesticides reflects the diverse nature of today’s agricultural “pests”. Pests include insects which either directly damage crops or cause crop disease; fungi-causing diseases; human or animal parasites; and weeds which compete for nutrients. Manufacturers are challenged to make something strong enough to protect crops, but leave the crop safe for consumption. Farmers face the challenge to apply the pesticide in precise quantities depending on the environmental conditions. The effect of pesticide residue on humans and animals vary greatly and also varies depending on the route of absorption.
Our biochemical methods detect all major organophosphates, thiophosphates and carbamates. They can be detected in water, produce, grains, soil and surfaces.