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Over the last decade, drift of pesticides caused by spraying has been recognised as a major problem for the environment. Especially for the specific situation in Flanders, there is still a lack of information concerning this topic. That is why the Agricultural Research Centre and the Universities of Leuven and Ghent joined forces in a new project: ‘Protecting the Flemish environment against drift – The importance of drift-reducing techniques’. This project just started in September 2003. Hence, at the moment of writing this paper, no practical results are available. The main objectives of this project are: 1. Obtaining an in-depth scientific insight into drift (vapour and droplet), related to the formulation and spraying technique for boom sprayers for Flemish conditions (soil, climate, small landscape elements, environmental planning, etc.). 2. Developing an application method for the users of plant protection products to apply these products as economically and ecologically as possible. 3. Developing a spray drift model using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and a scenario for the evaluation of new products and drift-reducing techniques. This paper describes briefly the objectives and the proposed materials and methods of this research project funded by the Ministry of the Flemish Community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Advances in Pesticide Application
EditorsR P Bateman, S E Cooper, J V Cross, C R Glass, T H Robinson, D Stock, W A Taylor, P Walklate, E W Thornhill
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationWarwick, UK
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists
Publication date2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventInternational Advances in Pesticide Application (2004) - University of London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5-Jan-20047-Jan-2004

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