ISSN 2285-5785, ISSN CD-ROM 2285-5793, ISSN ONLINE 2285-5807, ISSN-L 2285-5785


Published in Scientific Papers. Series A. Agronomy, Vol. LIX
Written by Melis YALÇIN, Cafer TURGUT

Aydin is mainly an agricultural city of Turkey with its tomatoes, figs, olives, cottons, grapes. These crops are economically very important and frequently damaged by diseases and pests. This leads to yield and food quality losses. The intensive usage of pesticides to protect the crops from pests and diseases causes great concerns about the pesticide residues. The aim of this study was to evaluate the residue level of pesticides in tomatoes collected from different markets in Aydn province of Turkey. Samples were taken in different time intervals and analysed by GC-MS/MS. The concentration of all analysed pesticides were between 0.04 ppm and 1.4 ppm. The concentration of Acetamiprid, Endosulfan and Chlorpyrifos were detected above the maximum residue level in November. The level of Acetamiprid, Endosulfan beta and Chlorpyrifos in tomatoes were above the MRL in December, and only chlorpyrifos was above the MRL in January. In February all the insecticides were below the limit and in March, Tetradifon was above the MRL limit. The possible sources of pesticide residues in tomatoes are not to account into preharvest intervals, uncontrolled pesticide usage at recommended dosage.

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