Stream ecosystems within approx. 40% of the global land surface are potentially exposed to insecticide runoff. Particularly streams in the Mediterranean, the USA, Central America and Southeast Asia are likely to receive higher loads.
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with support provided by: CITE - Chemicals In The Environment (research topic within the Helmholtz programm oriented funding)
We thank Marco Vighi for discussions and comments on the manuscript. This project was undertaken within the topic Chemicals in the Environment at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany. Collaboration among some authors was made possible thanks to the scientific network Successione Ecologica (http://www.successionecologica.it/)