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Sorption of the nematicide fluensulfone in six UK arable soils – implications for control of the potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida

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Batch adsorption experiments were performed to determine the sorption of the nematicide fluensulfone as a technical-grade and a granular formulation (as Nimitz 15G) in six UK arable soils. The Freundlich and equilibrium sorption coefficients KF and KD, respectively, were generally low. KF and KD correlated positively with soil organic matter in all instances. The sorption kinetics was similar for both forms, but the KD was about four times lower for Nimitz 15G than the technical-grade, suggesting concentration dependency of fluensulfone sorption. The low sorption of fluensulfone across the soils indicates that partitioning of fluensulfone to the soil liquid phase may be unlimited. Therefore, substantial availability in the soil to be effective is likely. Sorption, therefore, may not limit fluensulfone efficacy. Nonetheless, these results call for cautious use of the nematicide because leaching is possible.

Affiliations: 1: 1Department of Agronomy, University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, P.O. Box 27, Bunso, Eastern Region, Ghana ; 2: 2Nematology and Entomology Group, Crop and Environment Research Centre, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB, UK

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**Postal address for correspondence: P.M. Norshie, P.O. Box AN 18095, Accra-North, Accra, Ghana.

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