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Soil Dissipation Studies

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As COVID-19 continues to be top of mind for many people around the world, your agrochemical development must continue because the products you manufacture are critical to maintaining the world’s food supply.

Country-specific guidelines for social distancing have affected pesticide testing for our European field bases, but you can continue with some important elements of your program, including soil dissipation studies. They are critical assessments that generate data on the rate of dissipation of a parent compound and the production and subsequent decline of metabolites of interest under real-life conditions. Soil dissipation studies are required for registration submissions in the US, Canada, the European Union, and other major global markets.

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To run a soil dissipation study, you first need to select a site to conduct your trial requirements. Our expertise in these field studies allows us to ensure you target the specific soil types and the pH of interest by selecting agriculturally relevant areas which will provide the most useful data for your product.

Once a site is chosen, the next step is to design your study, and the scientists at Charles River have the experience to ensure that you get that exactly right. We partner with our clients to comply with ENV/JM/MONO (2016)6 guidance to set up long-term studies with replicate-treated plots to collect samples that generate sound analytical data and support a full kinetics assessment.

A Field Principal Investigator will collect samples from replicate plots at scheduled times over the course of the field phase of the study. The samples will then be maintained in suitable storage conditions before being sent to a laboratory. All samples are homogenized prior to analysis.

On-site weather data from your plots will also be collected throughout the field phase. We own the necessary equipment and have experts available to collect and monitor this sensitive data to meet your requirements.

Don’t let COVID-19 impact your ability to conduct these highly important tests that are critical to food production. Our field trials team can help you get started and answer any questions you have.

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