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
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
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
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
Section VI Pesticides and Men
Pesticide Residues in Man
Sameeh A. Mansour
Pesticides and Skin Diseases in Man
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
Shafiullah, H.S. Rathore, and Leo M.L. Nollet