Tebuconazole

Type: Fungicide 

Health Hazards: Toxic to reproduction (“R2” classified), with many negative findings on fetal development. Connected to liver tumours. Endocrine disruptor according to the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC): Altered steroid hormone levels; effects on receptor binding.

Environmental Hazards: Long-term risk to insectivorous birds; long-term risk to granivorous birds; long-term risk to herbivorous mammals; long-term risk to granivorous mammals. Very toxic to aquatic life, acutely and with long-lasting effects (5-meter buffer required). 

Exposure: Authorised in all 27 member states. 

Residues present in food are very high: The most common Candidate-of-Substitutions-pesticide found in cherries, and commonly found in pears, apples and peaches. 172 Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) above the Level of detection (LOD) of 0.01 mg/kg are established, ranging from 0.05 mg/kg to 40.00 mg/kg per product (top 10 highest MRLs)

Regulatory State of Play: Following four “unjustified” prolongations (each for one year),  approved until 31/08/2023.

Use: Used on Cereals (wheat, barley, oat, rye), Oilseed rape & Grapes, mostly approved for spraying on fields outside, also for seed dressing of barley.

Alternatives: Resistant varieties, sufficient planting distance, humidity monitoring, sodium & potassium bicarbonates.

 

 

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