SYNOPS-WEB is a free-to-use online tool to assess acute and chronic pesticide risks to soil, surface water and pollinators, as well as via leaching to groundwater. It can be used to compare and assess pesticide risk under realistic application patterns and environmental conditions (Strassemeyer et al., 2017). SYNOPS-WEB can reliably model the aquatic exposure of pesticides detected during monitoring and additionally revealed risks from pesticides that could not be detected in surface water due to their high toxicity at concentrations close to the limit of quantification. The program has the potential to provide relevant information to European farmers, authorities and agronomists for developing and optimizing integrated pest management (IPM) strategies with particular focus on minimizing environmental risks. The structure of the model allows for future adaption and integration of novel approaches to risk assessment for a wider range of reference organisms and a larger set of mitigation measures. Anyhow, Strassemeyer et al. (2017) point out that further evaluation of the tool is needed to assess model outputs concerning exposure assessment for soil, groundwater and field margin biotopes.


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