Pesticides play an important role in controlling pests that carry diseases and threaten crop production. In recent years, however, there has been increased concern about the adverse impacts of pesticides and their degradation products on public health and the environment. A considerable amount of work is being done to develop nonchemical methods of pest control, but it is not yet feasible to dispense with the use of chemical pesticides.
Pesticides: Evaluation of Environmental Pollution brings together, in a single volume, current knowledge on environmental pollution caused by pesticides. It helps readers evaluate the effects that pesticide residues have in all compartments of the environment.
Featuring contributions by eminent scientists from around the world, the book gives an overview of the fate and transport of pesticides and their degradation in the environment. Detailing the sources, concentration, and hazards of residues, it examines their effects in humans, birds and mammals, fish, soil invertebrates, soil microflora, aquatic invertebrates, water, milk products, and more. The book also addresses endocrine-disrupting pesticides and explores biopesticides as alternatives to chemical pesticides.
A review of data on the potential hazards of pesticides, this reference will be of interest to readers working in the areas of chemical crop protection and pollution management. It adds a balanced perspective to the debate between those who think that pesticides should be banned and those who consider the continued use of large quantities to be necessary for the survival of humanity.
See also Handbook of Pesticides: Methods of Pesticide Residues Analysis (CRC Press, 2009).
Table of Contents
Section I Biocides: Uses and Environmental Pollution of Biocides. Section II Transposition and Transport of Pesticides: Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides. Degradation of Pesticides. Pesticide Degradation in Water. Microbial Remediation of Pesticides. Section III Pesticides Residues in the Environment: Pesticide Residues in the Environment. Pesticide Residues in the Atmosphere. Response of Soil Microflora to Pesticides. Pesticide Residues in Surface Water and Groundwater. Section IV Pesticides Residues in Vegetation: Pesticide Residues in Vegetation. Section V Pesticides Residues in Animals: Pesticide Residues in Aquatic Invertebrates. Pesticide Residues in Soil Invertebrates. Pesticide Residues in Fish. Pesticide Residues in Birds and Mammals. Section VI Pesticides and Men: Pesticide Residues in Man. Pesticides and Skin Diseases in Man. Pesticide Residues in Mother’s Milk. Section VII Pesticides and Food: Pesticide Residues in Milk and Milk Products. Section VIII Biopesticides: Biopesticides. Section IX Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides: Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides. Index.
Hamir S. Rathore is a Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry at Aligarh Muslim University, India.
Leo M.L. Nollet is a Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering Sciences at University College Ghent, Belgium. For more about Dr. Nollet, visit http://www.leonollet.be.
"This book describes the state-of-the-art advances regarding all facets of pesticides, including the pollution of water, soils, atmosphere, food and living organisms and covering environmental health aspects, as well as such a global issue as food safety. It provides an understanding of the complex biological and chemical reactions involved in the interaction of pesticides with soils, waters, vegetation, animals and men. The book brings together information normally spread across several books, and presents a full spectrum of views and information to help readers to evaluate issues and make informed decisions."
—Danila Moscone, Department of Chemistry Science and Technology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
"This handbook comprehensively discusses all aspects of pesticides residues in the environment and their implications for the environment and human health."
—Yolanda Pico, University of Valencia