Fera

7th edition of the International Conference on Pesticide Behaviour in Soils, Water and Air - 30 August - 1 September 2017, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, York

Our original thinking, scientific and technical expertise, combined with our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, enable us to complete detailed, cost-effective GLP-compliant environmental fate studies, in line with all regulatory requirements. Why not discover how Fera can help you by learning about our soil photolysis capability with our latest equipment, including our unique incubation rig. A design that provides more reliable testing for our customers with improved mass balance, temperature control, airflow and soil moisture regulation. We understand how chemical products are broken down and degraded in the natural environment, and can supply the data you need for your environmental risk assessments – ensuring you meet all regulatory requirements in the development of safe new chemical products. With an improved capacity of 300% and increased investment in new technologies (e.g. SoFie module stop flow system), we offer the entire spectrum of laboratory and higher-tier environmental fate studies. This not only means more efficient studies, but also shorter turnaround times. It’s part of our commitment to our customers in helping ensure their compounds meet regulatory requirements and get their products to market.

Come and find us in the conference atrium in the Ron Cooke Hub, directly opposite the main conference registration desk. and discover our full range of OECD degradation tests.

Find out how Fera is involved in the harmonisation of a new testing methodology for Plant Uptake Factor studies, helping reduce risk for compounds with ground water risk issues.



The scientific programme will focus on the latest research into the environmental behaviour of pesticides. The programme is looking to take a holistic view of investigations at various scales, blending research into basic processes with study of routes of environmental exposure and the development of practical management strategies to reduce contamination. To register for a place register at this conference click here.

Overview of some of the themes for the conference


Interactions between pesticides and microorganisms

This session considers pesticide biodegradation processes, including interactions with environmental variables, the characteristics and dynamics of the organisms involved, and the molecular mechanisms underlying biodegradation

Laboratory-scale investigations of fate in soil, water, and air

New work and results at the laboratory scale would be welcome including chemical, hydrolytic, volatility, and photochemical mechanisms in soil, water/sediments and air, diffusion, plant updatke, adsorption (including time dependency), bound residues and leaching processes

Landscape studies into pesticide fate and exposure

Despite increased integration of policies for improved environmental risk characterisation, there is clearly a need to strengthen the engagement between interdependent actors and stakeholders at the landscape level

Field-scale investigations of fate in soil, water, and air

This session will gather all relevant information investigating fate of pesticides (including interactions with surfactants and additives) in field soils and crops (together or as separate components) that governs the availability of pesticide and/or metabolite residues transfer to ground - and surface waters and into the air compartment