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Nanomaterials may take a toll on aquatic life

Nanomaterials could mean more algae outbreaks for wetlands and waterways, according to a new study.


June 26, 2018
By Science Daily

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When nanomaterials, tiny substances used in agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides, combine with nutrient runoff, there is the potential for more toxic algae outbreaks for nearby water sources, a new study finds.

The nanomaterials, or “nanopesticides,” have different chemical and physical properties from their bulk counterparts. The study looks into the effect of nanomaterials, when combined with nutrient runoff from fertilized cropland and manure-filled pastures, on nearby streams, lakes and wetlands. | READ MORE