1st Edition

Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Environment Origin and Role

Edited By Narendra Kumar, Vertika Shukla Copyright 2022
    378 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic, degradation resistant, bio accumulative, and display wide spatial distribution which has been linked to mutagenic, reproductive and immunological disorders. In Stockholm

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic, degradation resistant, bio-accumulative, and display wide spatial distribution, which has been linked to mutagenic, reproductive, and immunological disorders. At the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty was signed to minimize and ultimately eliminate the release of POPs into the environment. The present compilation regarding POPs focusses on the sources, atmospheric behavior, terrestrial and aquatic food chain transfer, human exposure, and fate aspects of this important class of chemicals, including topical issues like temporal trends in contamination. Furthermore, the chemical characteristics of individual POPs are also addressed.


    • Provides better understanding of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and how they affect humans and ecosystems.
    • Includes genesis, categories, environmental fate and behavior, and associated hazards.
    • Reviews analytical techniques involved in detection, human exposure and management.
    • Discusses environmental dynamics of POPs.
    • Focuses on the comprehensive account of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PAH and other organochlorine POPs, such as DDT, lindane, and dieldrin.

    This book is aimed at researchers, professionals and graduate students in Life Science, Occupational Health and Safety, Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

    Chapter 1: Environmental Dynamics of Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Mahiya Kulsoom, Vertika Shukla, Narendra Kumar

    Chapter 2: Causes, Consequence and Control of Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Ritu Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Sushmita Kamarkar, Arif J Siddiqui, Ankita Mathur, Mohd Adnan, Vishnu D. Rajput, Anita Rani and Narendra Kumar

    Chapter 3: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) used in industrial processes: Origin in Environment

    Brenda Natalia López Niño, and Michal Jeremias

    Chapter 4: Role of Incineration Technology in production of Persistent Organic Pollutants: Is it safe?

    Gagandeep Kour, Kajol Goria, Ashish Pathak, Richa Kothari, Deepak Pathania, Sunil Dhar, and V V Tyagi

    Chapter 5: Occurrence, Transport and Effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Chile

    Felipe Tucca, Ricardo Barra and Gustavo Chiang

    Chapter 6: Source of Contamination and Effect of Food Processing on Pesticides Residue in Food

    Sunita Mishra, Dhananjay Kumar and Poorva Dubey

    Chapter 7: Emerging Pollutants- A Taciturn Killer

    Mala Trivedi, Manish Mathur and Rajesh K. Tiwari

    Chapter 8: Ongoing use and monitoring of DDT in South Africa

    Patricia Forbes, Yvette Naudé and Johanna Strumpher

    Chapter 9: Flame retardants: Analytical Aspect of Brominated flame retardants

    Devendra Kumar Patel, Sandeep Kumar, Neha Gupta

    Chapter 10: Microbial remediation of Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Sucharita Tandon

    Chapter 11. Organic Pollutants Remediation using Biobased Nanomaterials

    Shaibu E. Solomon, Edu J. Inam, Eno A. Moses, Nsikak A. Abraham, Nnanake-Abasi O. Offiong

    Chapter 12. International Legislation for Containment of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Hazardous Chemicals

    Mahiya Kulsoom, Vertika Shukla, Narendra Kumar

    Chapter 13: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): POPs and Other Toxic Chemicals Free Future for All

    Anupam Khajuria and Prabhat Verma


    Narendra Kumar has obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science from the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow, India. Dr Kumar is an active researcher with 18 years of post graduate teaching and research experience. He started his career as Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur, U.P., India. Thereafter, in 2005 he has joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He has published more than 40 research papers and 20 book chapters with reputed National and International publishers. Five Ph.D. degree has been awarded under the supervision of Dr. Kumar and currently three research scholars are working under his guidance for doctoral degree. In addition Dr. Kumar has guided more than 40 students for their M.Sc. dissertation work. He has coedited 4 books; ‘Environmental Concerns and Sustainable Development’ in two volumes, ‘Plant Adaptation Strategies in Changing Environment’ and ‘Phyto and Rhizoremediation’ which are published by Springer.

    Vertika Shukla did M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry and Ph.D. in 2003 on the topic "Chemical Study of Macrolichens of Garhwal Himalayas" from H.N.B. Garhwal University. Presently, she is working as Resource Person in the Department of Geology, at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow, India.
    During her more than 19 years research experience, she has been awarded 3 fellowships awarded by DST, New Delhi (two projects were pursued in CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute and one project in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow, India).

    Till now she has published more than 70 scientific articles in reputed national and international journals, mostly in SCI journals and presented research findings in seminar and symposia. She has authored one book ‘Lichens to Biomonitor the Environment’ and coedited five book volumes. Presently she is chief editor of the journal "Cryptogam Biodiversity Assessment" an official publication of Indian Lichenological Society, India. She has contributed significantly in the field of biomonitoring and bioprospection studies using lichens. She has effectively utilized lichens to predict the spatio-temporal behaviour and environmental fate of atmospheric fallouts including metals and organic contaminants (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Pesticides) in high altitude regions of Garhwal Himalaya in India.