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Herbicides: a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef

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Title
Herbicides: a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef
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Date Record Created
2011-10-19
Date Record Modified
2012-12-13
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2008-01-01 to 2009-01-01
Time Period
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Description
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    The runoff of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides and fungicides) from agricultural lands is a key concern for the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Relatively low levels of herbicide residues can reduce the productivity of marine plants and corals. However, the risk of these residues to Great Barrier Reef ecosystems has been poorly quantified due to a lack of large-scale datasets. Here we present results of a study tracing pesticide residues from rivers and creeks in three catchment regions to the adjacent marine environment. Several pesticides (mainly herbicides) were detected in both freshwater and coastal marine waters and were attributed to specific land uses in the catchment. Elevated herbicide concentrations were particularly associated with sugar cane cultivation in the adjacent catchment. We demonstrate that herbicides reach the Great Barrier Reef lagoon and may disturb sensitive marine ecosystems already affected by other pressures such as climate change.

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  1. Lewis, Stephen E., Brodie, Jon E., Bainbridge, Zoe T., Rohde, Ken W., Davis, Aaron M., Masters, Bronwyn L., Maughan, Mirjam, Devlin, Michelle J., Mueller, Jochen F., and Schaffelke, Britta (2009) Herbicides: a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Environmental Pollution, 157 (8-9). pp. 2470-2484.
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  1. Managed by: Dr Stephen Lewis , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  2. Managed by: Mr Jon Brodie , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  3. Aggregated by: Miss Zoe Bainbridge , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  4. Aggregated by: Mr Aaron Davis , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  5. Aggregated by: Ms Mirjam Maughan , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  6. Aggregated by: Dr Michelle Devlin , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
Primary Contact
Dr Stephen Lewis, stephen.lewis@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
  1. Ken W. Rohde, Department of Natural Resources and Water, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
  2. Bronwyn L. Masters, Department of Natural Resources and Water, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 050206 - Environmental Monitoring (050206) (050206)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960507 - Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507) (960507)
Keywords
  1. diuron
  2. atrazine
  3. pesticides
  4. great barrier reef
  5. herbicides
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Industries and Economies in the Tropics
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Open Access . If the data is not available via the provided link, please contact an associated party (preferrably the Manager as specified) for access.
Type
open
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Online Locations
Attachments
  1. Catchment-sampling-site-and-pesticide-concentrations-in-the-river-water-plumes-adjacent-to-the-Great-Barrier-Reef.pdf (Data File, Public)
Stored At
Dr Stephen Lewis, Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, ATSIP (Building 145), James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811, Australia
Citation
Cite:
Lewis, Stephen.; Brodie, Jon.; Bainbridge, Zoe.; Rohde, Ken W.; Davis, Aaron.; Masters, Bronwyn L.; Maughan, Mirjam.; Devlin, Michelle.; Mueller, Jochen F.; Schaffelke, Britta. (2011). Herbicides: a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef. James Cook Univeristy. [Data files] jcu.edu.au/tdh/collection/5e71a090-8343-4979-b0b9-1cc292e51fe4