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See detailThe impact and retention of spray droplets on a horizontal hydrophobic surface
Zwertvaegher, Ingrid; Verhaeghe, Micheline; Brusselman, Eva et al

in Biosystems Engineering (2014), 126

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet ... [more ▼]

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet losses may result in reduced efficacy, economic loss, and environmental contamination. The aim of this exploratory study is to determine whether a new method based on calculating the volumetric proportions per impact type, i.e. adhesion, rebound and shatter, can be used to predict spray retention. These volumetric proportions are calculated based on logistic regression models, derived from vision-based droplet characteristics and impact assessments, and laser-based spray characteristics. The advantages and limitations of such a method are explored. The volumetric proportions per impact type on a horizontal, synthetic hydrophobic surface were determined for four different nozzles (XR 110 01 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 04 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 08 VS flat-fan nozzle and AI 110 08 VS air-induction nozzle) under controlled realistic conditions, and compared to the results of a retention test. The volumetric proportions of adhesion were much lower than the relative retentions, indicating that a considerable amount of rebound and shatter also contributed to final retention. The method should thus be improved by including the droplets retained after first impact and the retained proportions of partial droplet fragmentation but it is nevertheless considered a promising technique. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of spray retention on a 3D black-grass plant model as a function of spray nozzle and formulation using a process-driven approach
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 13)

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray interception by plants is affected by nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as by the plant architecture. On the other hand, the spray retention is affected by application parameters resulting from droplet size and velocity as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. In this paper, spray retention is tackled with a physical approach at the droplet scale. The methodology deals with high-speed imaging to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and the spray granulometry. The 3D reconstruction of a black-grass plant involves a structured light technique. The overall spray retention was determined by using an interception algorithm combined with a process-driven retention approach as a function of the spray nozzle and formulation used. The interception model allowed determining the spray retention by a single plant and discriminating application parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distributions intercepted by single plant. Such a model can be used to increase the understanding of interactions between spray techniques and plant architectures. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of mirror nozzle flow
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 15)

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See detailEvaluation of process-driven spray retention model on ear-ly growth stage barley
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2014, July)

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by crop leaves is affected by application parameters resulting from nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. When optimizing the spray application, such targets are often used to perform retention trials for comparative purpose, i.e. indoor grown monocotyledonous at two leaves stage. A typical arrangement consists in spraying few plants sufficiently spaced underneath the nozzle to avoid interference due to secondary droplets from impacts on other plants. However, retention trials turn out to ineffective for significantly discriminating between application methods and mixtures due to the high variability between trials resulting from the different droplets retained by each plant. An alternative to retention trials is to tackle spray retention with a physical approach at the droplet scale. Such tests are often performed using high speed imaging with high magnification optics to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and neglect, however, the overall plant architecture. The aim of this paper is to evaluate a droplet interception model connecting actual spray retention with process-driven retention models. In this study, barley plants (BBCH11) were sprayed with 2 formulations using the same nozzle. The actual spray retention was assessed by dosing a fluorescent tracer added to the sprayed mixture. The plants were placed linearly below the center of a single moving nozzle during sprayings. Each plant was reconstructed in 3D afterwards using a structured light 3D scanner and used as input for the model. A virtual nozzle was built on the base of droplet size distributions measured with high speed shadow imaging by performing an adjustment of the distribution by the method of moments. A ran-dom droplet distribution was allocated for each spraying of a barley plant. Droplet velocities were given to droplets on the basis of the droplet velocity – diameter correlation by resolving the droplet transport equations for different droplet sizes. Initial droplet positions were ran-domly given. The interception model is based on a mathematical formalism for the intercep-tion between triangles of the 3D plant and droplet directions. If the droplet impacts a leaf, the amount actually retained by the leaf was computed on the basis of the droplet impact energy and impact behavior from experiments with high speed shadow imaging. In conclusion, the interception model allowed determining the spray retention by plants and discriminating ap-plication parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distribu-tions intercepted by single plant. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Spray Droplet Pinning Fragmentation to Canopy Retention
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Belhamra, Mohamed et al

in Crop Protection (2014), 56

Drop behaviour during impact affects retention. The increase of adhesion is usually seen as the objective when applying crop protection products, while bouncing and shattering are seen as detrimental to ... [more ▼]

Drop behaviour during impact affects retention. The increase of adhesion is usually seen as the objective when applying crop protection products, while bouncing and shattering are seen as detrimental to spray retention. However, observation of drop impacts on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) using high speed shadowgraphy shows that bouncing and fragmentation can occur in Cassie-Baxter as well as in Wenzel wetting regimes. In this last regime, a part of the drop may remain stuck on the surface, contributing to retention. Using simultaneous measurements of drop impacts with high speed imaging and of retention with fluorophotometry for spray mixtures on excised barley leaves using a Teejet 11003 nozzle at 0.2 MPa, it is observed that about 50% of the drops that fragmented in the Wenzel state remain on the horizontal leaf. Depending on the spray mixture, these impact outcomes accounted for 28 to 46% of retention, the higher contribution being correlated with bigger VMD (Volume Median Diameter). This contribution is not negligible and should be considered when modelling spray retention processes. [less ▲]

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See detailAgricultural spray measurement by high-speed shadow imagery
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2014, January 10)

Spray characteristics determine treatment performance and environmental contamination. Shadowgraphy associated with high-speed imaging presents an attractive option for measuring drop velocity and size ... [more ▼]

Spray characteristics determine treatment performance and environmental contamination. Shadowgraphy associated with high-speed imaging presents an attractive option for measuring drop velocity and size simultaneously. This study presents an overview of the contrast problems occurring when using backlighted images and proposes appropriate solutions for reliable and quality measurements. Drop diameter measurement is based on the area inside the sub-pixel contour assuming a circular shape. Drop velocity is determined by tracking a drop on two successive images taking into account the drop size, speed limits and the general flow direction. Then, the drop size distribution is corrected taking in account the sampling rate of each drop. Finally, a comparison between PDA and shadowgraphy measurements realized simultaneously on the same spray location is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray retention assment combining high-speed shadow imagery and fluorescence techniques
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in International Advances in Pesticide Application: Aspects of Applied Biology 122, 2014 (2014, January 08)

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and ... [more ▼]

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and fragmentation are usually seen as detrimental to spray retention. However, observation of droplet impacts on barley using high speed imaging showed that fragmentation impact outcome can occur in two different wetting regimes: Cassie-Baxter or Wenzel’s regime. In the latter, a fraction of the droplet is anchored in the surface roughness, what contributes to retention. Three mixtures were sprayed on excised barley leaves with an 11003 flat-fan nozzle operating at 0.2 MPa. Simultaneous measurements were performed using high speed imaging for droplet impact characterisation. A fluorescent tracer was added to the spray mixture for retention assessment. Retention was related to impact type considering the fraction of the droplet remaining on the leaf surface after a droplet splashing occurring in Wenzel’s wetting regime. This fraction varied from 28‒46% depending on the spray mixture and was correlated to the Volume Median Diameter DV0.5 of the impacting droplets. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of surface orientation on spray retention
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Precision Agriculture (2014)

Research in precision spraying investigates the means to reduce the amount of herbicide applied by directing droplets more accurately towards the weeds. The trend in the development of spot spraying ... [more ▼]

Research in precision spraying investigates the means to reduce the amount of herbicide applied by directing droplets more accurately towards the weeds. The trend in the development of spot spraying equipment is an increase of the spatial resolution and new actuators that are able to target very small areas. However, there is a lack of methods for assigning rates of herbicides relating target to optimal droplet features. A wide range of droplet impact angles occurs during the spray application process because of droplet trajectories and the variability of leaf orientation. In this study, laboratory experiments were conducted to highlight the effect of surface orientation on droplet impact outcomes (adhesion, rebound or splashing) on two very difficult-to-wet surfaces: an artificial surface with a regular roughness pattern and an excised black-grass leaf with an anisotropic roughness pattern. Measurements were performed for different surface orientations with a high-speed camera coupled with backlighting LED. Droplets of two formulations (distilled water and distilled water + a surfactant) were produced with a moving flat-fan hydraulic nozzle to obtain a wide range of droplet sizes and velocities, which were measured by image analysis. Increasing surface angle reduces surface area available for droplet capture. Droplet impact behaviors are then modified since surface tilt induces a tangential velocity component at impact and, consequently, a reduction of the normal component. Impact modifications have also been observed due to the anisotropic roughness pattern of a black-grass leaf. The integration of droplet-surface interaction information offers a significant way to further improve the precision spraying efficiency by considering the optimal droplet size, speed and ejection angle depending on the target surface and architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of rotary atomiser to optimize retention on barley leaves while reducing driftable droplets
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg et al

in International Advances in Pesticide Application, Aspects of Applied Biology 122 (2014, January)

Controlled Droplet Application using rotary atomiser is based on an improved control of droplet size and trajectory comparatively to hydraulic nozzles. On the basis of literature, it was stated that the ... [more ▼]

Controlled Droplet Application using rotary atomiser is based on an improved control of droplet size and trajectory comparatively to hydraulic nozzles. On the basis of literature, it was stated that the use of 60° forward angled spray combined with the narrow drop size distribution of a rotary atomiser could lead to low drift and high retention on monocotyledonous and superhydrophobic weeds at early stage. A Micromax120 atomiser was tuned to emit 270 µm VMD, 60° angled forward, to increase interception by the canopy structure. A spray mixture containing a superspreader adjuvant was used to avoid drop bouncing. An increase of spray retention comparatively to a Teejet 11002 at 1.4 bars was observed, although not proved statistically significant by these preliminary trials. On the drift side, the tilted spinning disc seemed to be advantageous since droplet spectra contains a low percentage of droplets under 100 µm and presents an ejection velocity of 25 m.s-1 at 5000 RPM. The spray drift was reduced about 50%. However, these setting were not found as efficient as expected. Indeed, angled spray proved to be more sensitive to advection and turbulence, as the spray was more exposed to the airflow than for the vertical position. It appears that angling the spray and choosing a drop size spectrum with a Volume Median Diameter as big as 270 µm is not sufficient to reduce significantly this issue. Some alternatives as decreasing the emission height are possible with angled sprays but require height control that seems difficult to reach in practical situations. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of a 3S rotary atomizer
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, May 23)

Spinning disc sprayers were first introduced to control cotton pests and diseases. These atomizers were recognized for their production of a uniform droplet size spectrum than conventional nozzles. They ... [more ▼]

Spinning disc sprayers were first introduced to control cotton pests and diseases. These atomizers were recognized for their production of a uniform droplet size spectrum than conventional nozzles. They have proved to be the most successful way of delivering pesticides in the form of Controlled Droplet Application (CDA) at very low volume application. But they were almost abandoned since the years of 1990 for high and medium volume application. Their use was found inefficient in arable crops such as cereals due to the use of inappropriate application rate and problem of penetration of spray in cereal canopies. However, these spray generators may be the best solution when the spray was to be targeted to a small weed with hydrophobic leaf surface where adhesion in the impact is essential for treatment efficiency while minimizing drift and splash thanks to reduced droplet span. In this study, aiming to maximize the control of black grass in cereals, characterization of the droplet size spectra was performed to predict the trajectory droplet and estimate the number that will hit the targeted surface. So, a CDA Micromax Ltd rotary atomizer 3S was operated at different rotation speeds (2000, 3500 and 5000 rpm), flow rates and pressures. A camera X stream -3S which allows the acquisition images in PIV mode, connected to a led lightening set at double mode exposure, were placed in front of the edge of the disc on a spray bench. Images were treated through a laboratory developed Matlab code for Particle Tracking Velocimetry Sizing. Droplets speeds according to diameters were extracted. Droplets cumulative volume according to diameters was also obtained. As the flow rate rose, the volume median diameter (VMD) increased. On the other hand, the VMD decreased as the rotation speed increased. Satellites droplets were observed when the atomizer was operating at a disc speed of 2000 rpm. For each flow rate corresponding to a drop size VMD, the number of droplets/cm2 that will affect pesticide coverage was calculated. Thus, the number of droplets that will effectively adhere depend on their impact at the moment of their arrival to the surface target. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-speed imaging use to predict spray retention on barley leaves
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, May 21), Vol 78(2)(1-386 (2013)), 31-36

Laboratory studies were conducted to validate the effectiveness of the use of high-speed imaging method to replace chemical nalysis by fluoremetrie. Measurements were performed with a high-speed camera ... [more ▼]

Laboratory studies were conducted to validate the effectiveness of the use of high-speed imaging method to replace chemical nalysis by fluoremetrie. Measurements were performed with a high-speed camera coupled with a retro-LED lighting. Size and velocity of the drop were extracted by image analysis. Drop impact types were determined by the operator. Drops were produced with a flat-fan nozzle mounted on a movable ramp. Two surfactants (Break-Thru® S240 and Li700 ®) were sprayed on BBCH 12 barley leaves to highlight the effect of the reduction of surface tension. Relative volume proportions were computed within of an energy scale divided into 11 classes based on the Weber number. results are compared to the results of the chemical analysis by spectrofluerometry. [less ▲]

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See detailZoom sur la rétention par les plantes
Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

This video aims to get an insight on the mechanisms involved in retention of pesticides on plants. Using high magnification lenses, high speed camera and led back-light, the elaboration of retention on ... [more ▼]

This video aims to get an insight on the mechanisms involved in retention of pesticides on plants. Using high magnification lenses, high speed camera and led back-light, the elaboration of retention on plant leaves is better understood. The behavior of different drops diameters and speed is observed and linked to the physics behind. The video is dedicated to plant protection products users and should give them a clear understanding of the relevant parameters to be mastered to avoid losses and reduce polution. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of spray retention on barley leaves by adjuvants
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, April 18)

Adjuvants contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves of the treated plant. We have performed tests of retention on barley plants on BBCH 12 stage and ... [more ▼]

Adjuvants contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves of the treated plant. We have performed tests of retention on barley plants on BBCH 12 stage and small pieces of barley leaves at the same stage of growth. Spraying was done in three ways: water without adjuvant, water with Break-Thru® S240 and water with Li700®. The three slurries of fluorescein contained in an amount of 0.2 g / l. Fluorescein retained by the leaves in both cases is then measured by a spectrofluoremeter. The retention tests on whole plants show that it is tripled by the first adjuvant and doubled by the second. On the other side, on small pieces of barley leaves, the amount was increased by the use of surfactants but not to the same extend. This study concluded that the use of adjuvants in spray pesticides increases the amount of retention as a function of leaf area and the type of adjuvant. [less ▲]

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See detailSTUDY OF THE EFFECT OF TWO SURFACTANTS ON SPRAY RETENTION BY BARLEY LEAVES
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Surfactants are nowadays very useful additives to improve the effectiveness of phytosanitary treatments. They contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves ... [more ▼]

Surfactants are nowadays very useful additives to improve the effectiveness of phytosanitary treatments. They contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves of the treated plant. We performed tests of retention on whole barley plants on BBCH 12 stage and small pieces of barley leaves at the same stage of growth. Spraying was done in three ways: water without surfactant, water with Break-Thru S240 and water with Li700. The three slurries of fluorescein contained in an amount of 0.2 g / l. Fluorescein retained by the leaves in both cases is then measured by a spectrofluoremeter. The retention tests on whole plants show that it is tripled by the first surfactant and doubled by the second. By cons on small pieces of barley leaves, the amount was increased by the use of surfactants but not to the same scale. This study concluded that the use of surfactants in spray pesticides may increase the amount of retention as a function of leaf area and the surfactant used. [less ▲]

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See detailCHARACTERIZATION OF AGRICULTURAL SPRAY BY DIGITAL ANALYSIS OF SHADOWGRAPHY IMAGES
De Cock, Nicolas; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Agricultural sprays are among the most common two-phase flows studied because their characteristics determine the efficiency of treatment as well as environmental contamination. At present, the relevance ... [more ▼]

Agricultural sprays are among the most common two-phase flows studied because their characteristics determine the efficiency of treatment as well as environmental contamination. At present, the relevance of different characterization techniques of the highly polydispersed sprays used in this application remains controversial. Digital analysis of shadowgraphy images presents an attractive option for the characterization of both velocity and size of droplets present in the spray. This study presents an overview of the contrast problems inherent in the use of backlighted images and propose appropriate solution to ensure the quality of measurements. Generally, background light presents heterogeneities associated with light sources and optical arrangement. These can be solved by substracting from each images a composite background. An other particular focus is given to one major drawback of volumetric lighting, the presence of out focus droplets. These droplets have to be removed during the image analysis process because the measurement of their diameters can't be done accuratly. The rejection of these out of focus objects is based on a quantitative parameter which was calibrated with a obliquely shot monodispersed spray. The final step of the image processing is determining velocity of the droplet by tracking a same droplet on two successive images. The tracking algorithm is based on the size of the droplet, its more probable displacement and its direction. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de jets agricoles par traitement d'images
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Software (2013)

A digital image analysis algorithm is proposed as an alternative to established optical techniques such as Phase Doppler Particle Analyser (PDPA) or laser diffraction spectrometry (LDS) for the ... [more ▼]

A digital image analysis algorithm is proposed as an alternative to established optical techniques such as Phase Doppler Particle Analyser (PDPA) or laser diffraction spectrometry (LDS) for the experimental determination of the size and velocity distributions of droplets produced by agricultural nozzles . The algorithm requires pairs of grayscale images acquired within a very short time for particle tracking in a backlighted arrangement. Spatial illumination heterogeneities are corrected by subtracting a mean background from each image. Droplets are then localized and sized. The algorithm accuracy is ensured by the rejection of out of focus particle using a focus parameter depending on gradient intensity at particle edges. Thresholds for in-focus particle selection were determined by studying the evolution of the focus parameter and the error on particle size measurement from images containing known size droplets at various distance of the object plane. Selected droplets are identified on both images of the pair for determining their velocities. Finally, drop size distribution is corrected to account for the uneven sampling probability caused by the volumetric method. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of physicochemical processes involved in agrochemical spray retention
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013)

This review provides a broad view of the processes and parameters involved in applying agrochemicals to the leaves of field crops. Treatment efficiency is assessed using macroscopic and microscopic ... [more ▼]

This review provides a broad view of the processes and parameters involved in applying agrochemicals to the leaves of field crops. Treatment efficiency is assessed using macroscopic and microscopic approaches to investigate spray retention. With the macroscopic approach, aspects related to spray coarseness, carrier volume, leaf wettability, plant architecture, crop density and additives are addressed. Comparative studies have highlighted the wide variability in spray retention as a function of these parameters. They have failed, however, to describe the underlying physical relationships clearly enough to generalize the results. These relationships are better investigated using a microscopic approach, where drop impact behavior is established in relation to target surface and fluid properties. The wetting regime (either Wenzel or Cassie-Baxter) depends on the leaf surface microscopic roughness ratio (r) and chemical nature, fluid dynamic surface tension and drop impact energy. Adhesion, rebound and disintegration have been observed successively with increasing drop impact energy. Transitions between impact outcomes are influenced by fluid rheology and the dynamic surface tension of the fluid. The effect of surface orientation remains poorly explored, but it seems to have a limited influence on retention. Recent fundamental studies on superhydrophobicity and wetting should help practitioners in their search for an ever more rational application of agrochemicals. They could also drive the development of new systematic retention testing methods. [less ▲]

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