Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC)
EPA registration of pesticides
Plant metabolism studies
Chemical analysis of pesticides in water, soil, and plant tissues
Groundwater, soil leaching, and environmental studies to monitor the movement of Crop Protection Chemicals away from target areas
Other chemical analyses
The Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC) Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and affiliated research departments provide chemical analysis, quality assurance, and environmental regulatory services. Laboratory services include high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography determinations of organic compounds, auditing of quantitative studies, and critical reviews of chromatographic raw data to determine the accuracy of compound identification. Gas chromatographs are equipped with five different types of detectors including mass spectrometry.
Since the early 1950's, HARC has been engaged in the registration and reregistration of chemicals needed by the agricultural industry. Pesticide registration requires compliance with the EPA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and in particular, Section 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160, Good Laboratory Practices.
In recent years, HARC has successfully undergone rigorous facility inspections by the Quality Assurance personnel from most of the major chemical companies and also by the EPA. HARC conducts field, processing, and/or laboratory phases of magnitude of residue and metabolism studies. The Analytical Chemistry Laboratory personnel are experienced in methodologies used to analyze for compounds in difficult matrices.
The Analytical Chemistry Laboratory has monitored surface and groundwater for chemical contaminants in most areas of the State of Hawaii. Services offered also include sampling and analysis of various media for chemical contamination such as pesticides and asbestos.
Organochlorine and organophosphate compounds screened to determine residue levels in water, soil, or food crops:
Additional pesticides analyzed: 2,4-D, abamectin, ametryn, atrazine, bromacil, chlorfenapyr, DCPA, diquat, diuron, ethephon, fenazaquin, fenproximate, glyphosate, hexazinone, imidacloprid, metribuzin, oryzalin, oxyfluorfen, paraquat, pirimiphos-methyl, quizalofop-ethyl, simazine, sulfometuron methyl, terbacil, triclopyr, trifluralin, and most other requested compounds.
Analyses of additional insecticides, fungicides, metabolites, and other compounds are also available. Our team of analytical chemists encompasses a broad range of specialties allowing for analytical method development and natural product processing techniques.
Gerald Pitz, Associate Chemist (M.S. in Chemistry): Analytical Laboratory Manager. Project leader for registration work with specialties in method development, electronics, and laboratory instrumentation.
Mel Jackson, Assistant Chemist (Ph.D. in Biochemistry): Minor Crop Coordinator, project leader for registration studies, with specialties in method development, HPLC analysis, metabolism studies, botanical extractions, and radiation safety.
Lance Santo, Associate Agronomist (M.S. in Agronomy and Soils and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering): Project leader for soil, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, and field pesticide registration studies.
Blake Vance, Quality Assurance Officer (Ph.D. in Chemistry): Monitors pesticide registration studies for EPA compliance. Reviews pesticide regulations and proposed regulatory changes.
Janet Ashman, Associate Environmental Specialist (J.D.): Monitors state and federal environmental laws and regulations and advises industry on compliance.