1st Edition

Pesticides, Organic Contaminants, and Pathogens in Air
Chemodynamics, Health Effects, Sampling and Analysis

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ISBN 9780367485672
October 8, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
288 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

USD $130.00

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Book Description

The air is an important but largely unrecognized source of contaminant fate in the environment including transport of pesticides and contaminants to non-target areas and exposures for people and wildlife. This book summarizes and places in perspective the potential transport, transformation, and health implications of pesticides and contaminants in air, including in the air we breathe. It delves into the hypothesis that the atmosphere is the most significant environmental compartment affecting the overall transport and fate of many classes of environmental contaminants.

The authors draw parallels between sampling, analysis, and impacts of airborne toxics and particulate matter with the COVID-19 pandemic. Airborne viruses and fine particulate matter -which are of similar size -have remarkable parallels in how they are transmitted and accumulate in the respiratory tract. 

A great resource for understanding pesticides and contaminants in air which is written by global experts in air contaminant research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Pesticides, Organic Contaminants, and Pathogens in Air: Chemodynamics, Health Effects, Sampling, and Analysis —A summary with new perspectives.  2. Historical and current uses of pesticides.  3. Physical chemical properties of pesticides and other contaminants: volatilization, adsorption, environmental distribution, and reactivity.  4. Pesticide exposure and impact on humans and ecosystems.  5. Environmental Fate Models, with emphasis on those applicable to air.  6. Sampling and analysis.  7. Pesticides in Fog.  8. Fumigants.  9. Trifluoroacetic acid from CFC replacements: An atmospheric toxicant becomes a terrestrial problem.  10. Drift.  11. Viruses, pathogens, and other contaminants.  12. Biopesticides and the toolbox approach to pest management.  13. Conclusions.

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James N. Seiber is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis; and Thomas A. Cahill is Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Phoenix.