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by Dr. James. Singmaster,
on June 9, 2010 at 10:42 PM
I have a Ph.D. in Env. Tox. from UCDavis 75. I point out that an alternative may be possible in using hydrogen peroxide. Fields would not need a plastic sheet saving quite an expense, but the applied liquid would have to be immediately worked into the first 8 inches of soil. It will not work by fumigant action so the working into the soil will be needed to get effective contact with various pests. Hydrogen peroxide will quickly breakdown to water and oxygen leaving no residue problems. It will require some care in handling it, but not as much as with methyl iodide. I urge people concerned with using methyl iodide as a soil fumigant to get attention to this alternative.  
Dr. J. Singmaster, Fremont, CA
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