Horticultural Use of Copper-Based Fungicides Has Not Increased Copper Concentrations in Sediments in the Mid- and Upper Yarra Valley

Wightwick, Adam M., Croatto, George, Reichman, Suzanne M., Menzies, Neal W., Pettigrove, Vincent and Allinson, Graeme (2013) Horticultural Use of Copper-Based Fungicides Has Not Increased Copper Concentrations in Sediments in the Mid- and Upper Yarra Valley. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 224 12: 1-6. doi:10.1007/s11270-013-1701-3


Author Wightwick, Adam M.
Croatto, George
Reichman, Suzanne M.
Menzies, Neal W.
Pettigrove, Vincent
Allinson, Graeme
Title Horticultural Use of Copper-Based Fungicides Has Not Increased Copper Concentrations in Sediments in the Mid- and Upper Yarra Valley
Journal name Water, Air and Soil Pollution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0049-6979
1573-2932
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11270-013-1701-3
Open Access Status
Volume 224
Issue 12
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2312 Water Science and Technology
2310 Pollution
2305 Environmental Engineering
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2302 Ecological Modelling
Abstract The use of Cu-based fungicide can pose a risk to nearby surface water bodies due to the run-off of accumulated Cu from agricultural soils. In 2008, we conducted a reconnaissance survey of the presence and concentration of copper in sediments at 18 sites within the Yarra River Catchment, an important horticultural production system in south-eastern Australia. Observed Cu concentrations in sediment samples from the study sites (mean (95 % confidence interval) 12.0 (10.6-13.6) mg/kg dry weight) were similar to the concentrations present in the samples from the reference sites (mean (95 % confidence interval) 12.0 (6.7-16.8) mg/kg dry weight). The data on Cu and other metals in the sediments suggest that that there is unlikely to have been wide spread, diffuse, off-site transport of Cu from the soils of horticultural properties to nearby surface waterways in the Yarra River Catchment and that that observed sediment metal concentrations are unlikely to pose an ecological risk to sediment-dwelling organisms at the study sites.
Keyword Catchment
Copper-based fungicides
Environmental risk
Horticulture
Sediment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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