Pesticide Explorer Collection Solution

Enhance productivity, improve efficiency

For laboratories performing pesticide residue testing, the Thermo Scientific™ Pesticide Explorer Collection Solution is a comprehensive set of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) solutions that offers enhanced productivity and improved efficiency. These solutions are intended for routine quantitation as well as targeted and non-targeted screening of pesticide residues in food matrices.

Choose from four start-to-finish workflows tailored to help food monitoring and testing laboratories reduce startup time and cost. These workflows implement with either triple-quadrupole or high-resolution accurate-mass (HRAM) Orbitrap™ mass spectrometer methods, enabling the detection and identification of pesticides in food matrices with unprecedented speed, ease, and confidence.

The challenge

Over 1000 pesticides and their metabolites, consisting of >100 chemical classes, are used during food production and can be present in the environment and food we consume. This dictates routine food testing laboratories to analyze large sample sets with high levels of confidence, productivity, and adherence to regulations.

The solution

A comprehensive set of LC-MS solutions purposefully designed for laboratories performing routine quantitation as well as targeted and non-targeted screening of pesticide residues in food matrices.

The Pesticide Explorer Collection provides start-to-finish workflows tailored to help food monitoring and testing laboratories reduce startup time and cost. The collection provides compelling productivity and efficiency enhancements for both startup laboratories and laboratories, adding new analytical capabilities to address evolving customer and industry demands.

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Featured article on the Pesticide Explorer Collection

The Analytical Scientist

The Pesticide Explorer Collection (Standard Quantitation Configuration) was recently featured in The Analytical Scientist's August 2015 edition.  The article (on p. 48) discusses laboratories' constant drive to reproducible and robust results in pesticide control, and how a solution such as the new Pesticide Explorer Collection offers those laboratories compelling productivity and efficiency enhancements.

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Robust, routine workflows for triple quadrupole quantitation

The Standard and Premier Quantitation Configurations provide everything needed to perform robust, routine workflows for SRM-based quantitation of pesticides, from the QuEChERS sample extraction kit to proven multi-class pesticide residue analysis methods. Pre-configured methods for each solution are easy to access on the USB drive included with the Pesticide Explorer Collection installation guide.

Standard Quantitation Configuration: Meet regulatory and high-throughput requirements with the extremely robust TSQ Endura MS.

Premier Quantitation Configuration: For the highest in signal-to-noise ratios and ultimate in sample sensitivity, choose the solution with the TSQ Quantiva MS to exceed regulatory requirements.

Quantitation and Confirming Ions of Trifloxystrobin at 1µg/kg in Leek Matrix

Quantitation and Confirming Ions of Trifloxystrobin at 1µg/kg in Leek Matrix

Calibration Curve of Trifloxystrobin in Leek Matrix

Calibration Curve of Trifloxystrobin in Leek Matrix

Complete Methods are included for acquisition, processing, and reporting. The analyst can choose from two pre-set methods: a short, high-throughput method (containing 276 compounds) and longer, more comprehensive method (containing 440 pesticides).

Targeted and non-targeted workflows using Orbitrap technology

HRAM Quantitation Configuration:

The HRAM Quantitation Configuration provides high-resolution accurate mass analysis, a unique capability that enables quantitation without comproming sensitivity, accuracy, precision, or linear dynamic range. High resolving power is particularly useful for the analysis of contaminants in complex matrices and can overcome the masking effects of isobaric inferences, allowing detection of analytes at very low concentrations.

HRAM Screening & Quantitation Configuration:

Data produced with this configuration can be used for highly-sensitive and selective quantitation as well for in-depth screening. Built-in databases designed for food safety and environmental analyses make quantitation, and targeted as well as non-targeted screening from a single data set seamless, with the option to reanalyze data retrospectively at a future date without the need for sample reinjection. Even without using reference standards, TraceFinder software allows the user to perform relative quantitation between multiple samples in their workflow.

Detection of Acetamiprid at 5 ug/kg in strawberry in full scan mode (70,000 FWHM) with mass accuracy of 2.2 ppm using external calibration. Identification of Acetamiprid using data-dependant MS2 at 35,000 FWHM.

Detection of Acetamiprid at 5 ug/kg in strawberry in full scan mode (70,000 FWHM) with mass accuracy of 2.2 ppm using external calibration. Identification of Acetamiprid using data-dependant MS2 at 35,000 FWHM.

Complete Methods included for acquisition, processing, and reporting. Analyst can choose from two pre-set methods: a short high-throughput (containing 276 compounds) and longer, more comprehensive (containing 440 pesticides)

HRAM Library: Laboratories using the Pesticide Explorer Collection comprised of either the HRAM Quantitation or HRAM Screening and Quantitation Configurations will enjoy the time-savings provided by an “off-the-shelf” database of MS/MS spectra—no need to build your own libraries! To meet specific laboratory requirements, the libraries can be expanded and customized by adding new compounds and spectra.

Compound Classes Provided in the HRAM MS/MS Spectral Libraries

Compound Classes Provided in the HRAM MS/MS Spectral Libraries

Unique Entries and Total Spectra in the HRAM MS/MS Spectral Libraries

Unique Entries and Total Spectra in the HRAM MS/MS Spectral Libraries

Pesticide Explorer Collection videos

The assets below include practical tools, demonstrations, and proven methods for pesticide residue analysis from Thermo Fisher Scientific and our partners that highlight the benefits of a portfolio of LC-MS instruments needed to meet global regulatory demands.


Ordering information
Standard Quantitation
Part Number Description Quantity Included in Configuration
60105-216 Thermo Scientific™ QuEChERS Extraction Start-up Kit 250pk Y
LCMSKIT Fisher Optima Solvents (Water, Methanol, Acetonitrile) Starter Kit - Order at FisherSci.com
20834 Thermo Scientific™ Sample Prep Vials and Kits Catalog - View Online
17326-102130 Thermo Scientific™ Accucore™ aQ, 100x2.1mm, 2.6µm Particle Size 2 Y
25002-102130 Thermo Scientific™ Hypersil™ GOLD, 100x2.1mm, 1.9µm Particle Size 1 Y
5200.0345 Thermo Scientific™ UltiMate™ 3000 Binary RSLC No Detector (1034bar, High Pressure Mixing) 1 Y
6040.2380 Thermo Scientific™ Viper™ Capillary Stainless Steel Fingertight Fittings 1 Y
6042.5000 Thermo Scientific™ UltiMate™ 3000 Pumps (Mixer For 35µL Mixing Volume) 1 Y
TSQ-50003 Thermo Scientific™ TSQ Endura™ Triple Quadrupole MS (Including EASY-Max NG Source, Syringe, 6 Port Valve) 1 Y
OPTON-30426 Pesticide Standard and Premium Quantitation Software (Includes: Thermo Scientific™ TraceFinder™ 3.2 Software, User Guide, Libraries, Methods, and Documentation) 1 Y
702-027700 3-Day Training (NA Only) 1 Y
701-079001 3-Year End to End Maintenance Promotional Package (Includes: Annual PM for 2 Years and 3-Year Warranty) [For New Systems Only] 1 Y
Premium Quantitation
Part Number Description Quantity Included in Configuration
60105-216 Thermo Scientific™ QuEChERS Extraction Start-up Kit 250pk Y
LCMSKIT Fisher Optima Solvents (Water, Methanol, Acetonitrile) Starter Kit - Order at FisherSci.com
20834 Thermo Scientific™ Sample Prep Vials and Kits Catalog - View Online
17326-102130 Thermo Scientific™ Accucore™ aQ, 100x2.1mm, 2.6µm Particle Size 2 Y
25002-102130 Thermo Scientific™ Hypersil™ GOLD, 100x2.1mm, 1.9µm Particle Size 1 Y
5200.0345 Thermo Scientific™ UltiMate™ 3000 Binary RSLC No Detector (1034bar, High Pressure Mixing) 1 Y
6040.2380 Thermo Scientific™ Viper™ Capillary Stainless Steel Fingertight Fittings 1 Y
6042.5000 Thermo Scientific™ UltiMate™ 3000 Pumps (Mixer For 35µL Mixing Volume) 1 Y
TSQ-50002 Thermo Scientific™ TSQ Quantiva™ Triple Quadrupole MS (Including EASY-Max NG Source, Syringe, 6 Port Valve) 1 Y
OPTON-30426 Pesticide Standard and Premium Quantitation Software (Includes: Thermo Scientific™ TraceFinder™ 3.2 Software, User Guide, Libraries, Methods, and Documentation) 1 Y
702-027700 3-Day Training (NA Only) 1 Y
701-079001 3-Year End to End Maintenance Promotional Package (Includes: Annual PM for 2 Years and 3-Year Warranty) [For New Systems Only] 1 Y
HRAM Quantitation
HRAM Screening & Quantitation
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