Simulating Pesticide Runoff, the Effects of Aldicarb
When pesticides are used in crops to control pests, their effects on the environment continue even after they have served their purpose. Pesticides can leach into the soil and water sources that both humans and animals depend on, spreading harmful chemicals to the surrounding ecosystem. Over time, their active ingredients are detoxified through different reactions that occur after their release, eventually degrading them into harmless products. Understanding the pesticide runoff patterns and mobility of various pesticides before and after they degrade is therefore important to ensuring that they are safe for use. By simulating the transport and reactions of pesticides in soil, we can build a model of this system and determine whether or not a chemical is safe for both humans and the environment.