Validation of I‐Phy palm, an Indicator of Pesticide Pollution Risk: Method and Preliminary Results

Marichal Raphaël, Sionita Ribka, Wholfahrt Julie, Bessou Cécile, Caliman Jean-Pierre. 2016. Validation of I‐Phy palm, an Indicator of Pesticide Pollution Risk: Method and Preliminary Results. In : Sustainable palm oil and climate change: The way forward through mitigation and adaptation. Bali : s.n., 1 p. International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE 2016). 5, Bali, Indonésie, 16 March 2016/18 March 2016.

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Abstract : One agri-environmental indicator of the INDIGO® assessment method,I-Phy, assesses the environmental impact of pesticide use (Bockstaller et al., 2008). Wohlfahrt et al. (2009) adapted this indicator to create I-Phypalm, for the cultivation of oil palm. I-Phypalmis composed of four components: three assess the risk of pollution of ground water (through leaching), surface water (through run-off, erosion, and drift), and the atmosphere (through drift and volatilization), and one is related to the rate of pesticide application. The overall score(range = 0-10, with ≥7 meaning “sustainable”) results from aggregating the scores of each module using fuzzy-logic mathematics. Validation of this indicator is underway and will be based on results of a dedicated trial in a mature oil palm plantation in Sumatra (Indonesia). A specific rate of glyphosate (11 gplot-1) was applied to plots (18 × 18 m) having a variety of ground conditions: three slopes (5, 15, 25%) and three systems to manage vegetative ground cover. Glyphosate concentrations in run-off water were measured, and glyphosate losses in run-off water were calculated. Glyphosate losses ranged from 1.0-36.1 g.ha-1 (mean = 10.7 g.ha-1). The export coefficient of glyphosate varied from 0.3-10.1% (mean = 3.1%). A modified version of the indicator was created by aggregating modified versions of the surface-water and rate components using the same fuzzy-logic rules. A validation matrix was created by comparing the scores of I-Phypalmto measured pesticide losses. Work is in progress to validate the indicator in a wider range of situations. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : H01 - Protection of plants - General aspects
P02 - Pollution
U30 - Research methods

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Marichal Raphaël, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Systèmes de pérennes (IDN)
  • Sionita Ribka
  • Wholfahrt Julie, INRA (FRA)
  • Bessou Cécile, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Systèmes de pérennes (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-6686-8468
  • Caliman Jean-Pierre

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