Pesticides Research, 85, 2004

Effects of Pesticides on Bombina bombina in Natural Pond Ecosystems


Ponds were often contaminated by pesticides from the surrounding cultivated fields but an uncultivated buffer zone around a pond reduced the amount of pesticide in the pond ecosystem. Thus the number of pesticide findings in ponds decreased with increasing width of buffer zone. It is hereby shown that an uncultivated buffer zone is very important for protecting against pesticides and that the width of the buffer zone is crucial to the degree of protection offered.

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