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This paper gives an overview of the development, properties and application of the European reference soil set, the so-called EUROSOILS. The introduction of this new type of reference material allowed for the first time the comparison of data related to soil interaction of chemical substances, and thus improvement of their quality. Due to their unforeseen success a second generation of EUROSOILS has been produced and compared to the first. Furthermore, the applicability of EUROSOILS to the development and the harmonization of soil adsorption coefficient screening techniques was studied. It can be shown that soil sorption data derived from both versions of one EUROSOIL are not significantly different. Thus, it is possible to provide a sufficiently large stock of EUROSOILS to interested laboratories. Based on the results of the EUROSOIL project, a scheme for the introduction of quality assurance and quality control into the field of environmental studies is proposed.

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Authors: GAWLIK B M, JRC Ispra (IT);MUNTAU H W, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Pesticide/soil interactions: Some current research methods (1998)
Record Number: 199810914 / Last updated on: 1998-08-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en