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GEORGE F. ANTONIOUS 

Education:

B.S., Pesticide Chemistry, College of Agriculture, University of Alexandria, Egypt, June 1969.

M.S., Pesticide Chemistry, Department of Pesticides Chemistry, College of Agriculture, University of Alexandria, Egypt, January 1977.

Ph.D., Pesticide Chemistry and Residues Analysis, Department of Pesticides Chemistry, College of Agriculture, University of Alexandria, Egypt, January 1983.

Research Focus:

1)  Pesticide Residue Analysis:

Fate and dissipation of pesticides in soil, runoff water, groundwater, and plant tissues. Extraction, cleanup and gas chromatographic determination of synthetic pyrethroids, natural pyrethrins, chlorinated hydrocarbons, organophosphate and carbamate insecticides on vegetables.

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2)  Performance of Constructed Wetlands for On-site Wastewater Treatment:

The effectiveness of the subsurface flow (SSF) constructed wetland systems is the long-range goal of the Water Quality/Environmental Toxicology Program at KSU. At least half of Kentucky's aquifer systems occur in karst regions, which make these aquifers highly susceptible to contamination from the surface. SSF constructed wetland systems have the capacity to remove a large percentage of nitrate nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, orthophosphate, biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, and fecal coliform bacteria. Constructed wetland cells for pesticide removal from agricultural runoff and wastewater treatment are planned for KSU water quality research in 1999.

Current Projects:

1) Dissipation of Agricultural Chemicals Under Field Conditions and Fate of Chemicals in Artificial Wetlands. USDA/ARS.

2) Developing Programs for Operation and Management of On-site Constructed Wetlands. EPA/319-NPS program.

3) Impact of Colored Mulches on Concentration of Glucosinolates (GSLs), Sugars, and Ascorbic acid in Turnip Roots as well as Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, and Elemental composition in Carrot. USDA/ARS Coastal Plains Research Center, Florence, SC.

4) Capacity Building Grant Fund for the project entitled "Botanical Insecticide: Impact on Environmental Quality".

5) Dislodgeable Foliar Residues of Organophosphorus Insecticides. This project is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Department of Health and Human Service, Cincinnati, OH.

6) USDA/ARS, Coastal Plains Research Center, Florence, South Carolina on a research project "Impact of different colored mulches on the nutritional composition of carrot roots, Daccus carota".

Recent Publications:

1) Antonious, G.F, J.C. Snyder, and D.L. Dahlman (1999). Tomato Cultivar Susceptibility to Egyptian Cotton Leafworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Entomol. Sci. (Accepted for publication).

2) George F. Antonious, Matthew E. Byers and John C. Snyder (1998): Residues and Fate of Endosulfan on Field-Grown Pepper and Tomato. J. Pesticide Sci. 54:61-67.

3) Antonious, G.F., W.O. Thom, and R.C. Warner (1998). Onsite Constructed Wetlands Values and Functions. Proceeding of the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Conference, September 29 - October 1, 1998. The Center for Rural Development, Somerset, Kentucky, pp: 66-68.

4) George F. Antonious and Matthew E. Byers (1997): Fate and Movement of Endosulfan Under Field Conditions. Environ. Toxicol. Chemistry 16:644-649.

5) George F. Antonious, Matthew E. Byers, and William C. Kerst (1997): Residue Levels of Pyrethrins and Piperonyl Butoxide in Soil and Runoff Water. J. Environ. Sci. Health B32:621-644.

6) George F. Antonious and Matthew E. Byers (1996): Performance of a Constructed Wetland On-Site Wastewater Treatment. Trans. Ky. Acad. Sci. 57(2): 120-125.

7) George F. Antonious, Michael J. Kasperbauer and Matthew E. Byers (1996): Light Reflected from Colored Mulches to Growing Turnip Leaves Affects Glucosinolates and Sugars of Edible Roots. Photochemistry and Photobiology 64(3):605-610.

8) George F. Antonious (1995): Analysis and Fate of Acephate and its Metabolite, Methamidophos, in Pepper and Cucumber. J. Environ. Sci. Health B30 (3): 377-399.

9) George F. Antonious and John C. Snyder (1995): Pirimiphos-methyl Residues and Control of Greenhouse Whitefly on Seven Vegetables. J. Entomol. Sci. 30: 191-201.

10) George F. Antonious and John C. Snyder (1994): Residues and Half-Lives of Acephate, Methamidophos and Pirimiphos-methyl in Leaves and Fruit of Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes. Bull. Envir. Cont. Toxicol. 52: 141-148.

11) George F. Antonious and Matthew E. Byers (1994): Esfenvalerate Residues on Pepper and Pumpkin Following Application for Control of Cucumber Beetles (Coleoptra: Chrysomelidae). J. Entomol. Sci. 29: 441-449.

Send email to Dr. Antonious at: gantonious@gwmail.kysu.edu
Phone: 502-227-6005

Kentucky State University
Atwood Research Facility
Frankfort, KY 40601

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