Bruno Schiffers

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In order to assess the prevalence of pesticide contamination and the risk of florists' exposure when handling cut flowers, sampling and analysis of 90 bouquets of the most commonly sold cut flowers in Belgium (50 bouquets of roses; 20 of gerberas, and 20 of chrysanthemums) were carried out. The bouquets were collected from 50 florists located in the seven(More)
Selectivity of pesticides to beneficial arthropods is a key data for the implementation of IPM program. In the context of field vegetables crop, a set of 16 fungicides, 17 herbicides and 14 insecticides commonly used in Belgium were tested on 5 indicator species: the parasitic hymenoptera Aphidius rhopalosiphi (De Stefani-Perez) (Hym., Aphidiidae), the(More)
The output of a pesticide surveillance program (detection frequency and number of exceeding measures) can lead to unnecessary concern among consumers since they lack information concerning the actual exposure. In this study, the exposure to pesticide residues through fruit and vegetable consumption is evaluated based on the 2008 surveillance data of the(More)
Following the detection of formaldehyde in cultivated mushrooms, an evaluation was carried out to assess whether its presence in food poses a risk to public health. Formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical, has a broad range of industrial applications and, hence, exposure to formaldehyde is ubiquitous through diverse consumer goods, food, the air, etc. The(More)
The increased concern about environmental effect of off-target deposits of pesticides use has resulted in the development of numerous spray drift models. Statistical models based on experimental field studies are used to estimate off-target deposits for different sprayers in various environmental conditions. Random-walk and computational fluid dynamics(More)
The objective of this study was therefore to develop a formulation of conidia of T. asperellum with the aim of improving its efficacy. The formulations developed were oily dispersions. It was a combination of solvents consisting of groundnut oil or palm oil with structural agents and emulsifying-dispersing agents. Emulsification tests were carried out and(More)
In order to gain a better understanding of non-agricultural pesticide use and to prepare the legislative and technical dossiers required under the Water Framework Directive, between October 2006 and March 2007, two surveys were conducted of 97 Walloon communes and 65 districts of the Walloon Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MET) (General Directorates(More)
A spray drift model was developed to deliver real time information to the pesticide applicator. The sprayer is equipped with sensors to deliver real time measurement of operational parameters as spray pressure, boom height, horizontal boom movements and geolocalization. The spray droplet size spectrum as a function of pressure was characterized using PDI(More)
Lawson, A.J., Akohou, H., Lorge, S., and Schiffers, B. 2017. Three methods to assess levels of farmers’ exposure to pesticides in the urban and peri-urban areas of Northern Benin. 2017. Tunisian Journal of Plant protection 12: 91-108. Small farmers in urban and peri-urban areas of Northern Benin use pesticides without respect of hygiene rules and any(More)
Crop protection is mainly achieved by applying Plant Protection Products (PPP) using hydraulic nozzles, which rely on pressure, to produce a wide droplet size distribution. Because of always increased concerns about drift reduction, a wider range of low drift nozzles, such as air induction nozzles, was adopted in order to reduce the finest part of the(More)