Surface water seal application to minimize volatilization loss of methyl isothiocyanate from soil columns.

Catherine Simpson, Shad D Nelson, Jerry E Stratmann, Husein a Ajwa

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BACKGROUND: Metam-sodium (MS, sodium methyldithiocarbamate) has been identified as a promising alternative chemical to replace methyl bromide (MeBr) in soil preplant fumigation. One degradation product of MS in soil is the volatile gas methyl isothiocyanate (MITC) which controls soilborne pests. Inconsistent results associated with MS usage indicate that there is a need to determine cultural practices that increase pest control efficacy. Sealing the soil surface with water after MS application may be a sound method to reduce volatilization loss of MITC from soils and increase the contact time necessary for MITC to control pests. The objective of this research was to develop a preliminary soil surface water application amount that would potentially inhibit the off-gassing rate of MITC. RESULTS: Off-gassing rate was consistently reduced with increasing water seal application. The application of a 2.5-3.8 cm water seal provided significantly lower (71-74\% reduction in MITC volatilizatio
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686--92
JournalPest Management Science
StatePublished - Jun 2010


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