The pesticides in question© FM Marcillac
The COTE laboratory of excellence is setting up a pesticide research project using a bottom-up approach. Since France is Europe’s biggest consumer of pesticides, knowing their current and future impacts on our ecosystems, as well as the possible alternatives for their reduction while meeting user expectations, is a priority which must be addressed. This project, set up in close collaboration with the region’s socio-economic stakeholders, aims to understand the various processes involved in the transfer, contamination and impact of pesticides, from the agrosystems where the pesticides are used to the ecosystems affected across the region (soils, Gironde estuary, etc.), according to agricultural practices. Secondly, on an economic level, this project aims to define and assess various scenarios of changes in practices, and predict their environmental impacts.