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Evaluation of Environmental Pollution

Edited by Hamir S. Rathore, Leo M.L. Nollet

© 2012 – CRC Press

659 pages | 111 B/W Illus.

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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).


"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

Table of Contents

Section I Biocides

Uses and Environmental Pollution of Biocides

Mahmoud Farag Mahmoud and Naglaa Loutfy

Section II Transposition and Transport of Pesticides

Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides

Jie Gao, Yu Wang, Bin Gao, Lei Wu, and Hao Chen

Degradation of Pesticides

O.P. Bansal

Pesticide Degradation in Water

Pilar Sandín-España and Beatriz Sevilla-Morán

Microbial Remediation of Pesticides

Ibrahim Abdulwahid Arif, Mohammad Abdul Bakir, and Haseeb Ahmad Khan

Section III Pesticides Residues in the Environment

Pesticide Residues in the Environment

Tomasz Tuzimski

Pesticide Residues in the Atmosphere

Teresa Vera, Amalia Muñoz, and José Luis Palau

Response of Soil Microflora to Pesticides

Mariusz Cycoń and Zofia Piotrowska-Seget

Pesticide Residues in Surface Water and Groundwater

Tatjana Vasiljević, Svetlana Grujić, Marina Radišić, Nikolina Dujaković, and Mila Laušević

Section IV Pesticides Residues in Vegetation

Pesticide Residues in Vegetation

Antonia Garrido Frenich, Isabel Ma Campoy Jiménez, Ma del Mar Bayo Montoya, and José Luis Martínez Vidal

Section V Pesticides Residues in Animals

Pesticide Residues in Aquatic Invertebrates

Sarun Keithmaleesatti, Wattasit Siriwong, Marija Borjan, Kristen Bartlett, and Mark Robson

Pesticide Residues in Soil Invertebrates

Prem Dureja and Rajendra Singh Tanwar

Pesticide Residues in Fish

Prem Dureja and Hamir Singh Rathore

Pesticide Residues in Birds and Mammals

Raimon Guitart

Section VI Pesticides and Men

Pesticide Residues in Man

Sameeh A. Mansour

Pesticides and Skin Diseases in Man

Radoslaw Spiewak

Pesticide Residues in Mother’s Milk

M. Paramasivam, J. Rajeswaran, S. Chandrasekaran, and S. Kuttalam

Section VII Pesticides and Food

Pesticide Residues in Milk and Milk Products

N.C. Basantia and S.K. Saxena

Section VIII Biopesticides


Rajendra Singh Tanwar, Prem Dureja, and Hamir Singh Rathore

Section IX Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides

Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides

Shafiullah, H.S. Rathore, and Leo M.L. Nollet


About the Editors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General