Skip to main content

Table 3 Substances detected in passive air samplers at more than one third of sampling sites

From: Pesticides and pesticide-related products in ambient air in Germany

Substance Active compound type Detection frequency (N = 49) Maximum (ng/sample) Minimum (ng/sample) Total quantity
in all 49 samples (ng)
Median (ng/sample) Approved for use in Germany
Glyphosate Herbicide 49/49 3176.8 20.3 13,122.3 98.4 Yes
Chlorothalonil Fungicide 47/49 1866.2 0 23,247.3 272.5 Yes
Metolachlor Herbicide 45/49 1273.3 0 8075.8 58.1 Yes
Pendimethalin Herbicide 44/49 3916.8 0 21,942.0 145.5 Yes
Terbuthylazine Herbicide 44/49 905.9 0 6061.2 77.3 Yes
Prothioconazole-desthio Metabolite 42/49 329.0 0 2797.2 35.0 Not regulated
Dimethenamid Herbicide 40/49 1556.6 0 4960.8 37.6 Yes
Prosulfocarb Herbicide 40/49 2505.3 0 11,872.9 90.7 Yes
Aminomethylphosphonic acid Metabolite 40/49 402.6 0 2548.4 25.1 Not regulated
Flufenacet Herbicide 35/49 204.6 0 1872.9 20.0 Yes
Tebuconazole Fungicide 32/49 114.7 0 984.3 13.9 Yes
Aclonifen Herbicide 27/49 479.7 0 1816.3 12.2 Yes
Chlorflurenol Growth regulator 27/49 229.1 0 2687.7 53.9 No
Hexachlorobenzene Fungicide 27/49 46.3 0 805.5 10.8 No
γ-hexachlorocyclohexane Insecticide, Repellent 26/49 267.4 0 1431.0 16.5 No
2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid Herbicide 22/49 90.8 0 519.6 0.0 Yes
Epoxiconazole Fungicide 18/49 81.3 0 433.0 0.0 Yes
Folpet Fungicide 17/49 7613.8 0 8958.6 0.0 Yes