Author: Dileep K. Singh

Series Title: Toxicology: Agriculture and Environment

Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology

Volume 1

eBook: US $29 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $121
Printed Copy: US $107
Library License: US $116
ISSN: 2589-1480 (Print)
ISSN: 2211-2952 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-531-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-137-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080513731120101


Pesticide control involves killing pest organisms or otherwise preventing them from destructive behavior. Pesticides are either natural or synthetic and are applied to target pests in a myriad of formulations (EC,WP, SP, FP, G etc.) and application technology systems (sprays, baits, slow-release diffusion, dust, etc.). In recent years, the bacterial genes coding for insecticidal proteins have been incorporated into various crops that dealt with the mortality of the pests feeding on them. Many other eco-friendly methods for insect pest control such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), use of bio-pesticides etc., are becoming popular. Bio-pesticides and IPM should show good growth in the future, as there is growing concern for the eco-friendly organic agriculture and could be achieved through Good Agriculture Practices (GAP).

Use of pesticides requires a proper understanding of the chemistry, their handling and their use in crop protection or hygiene. These are toxic chemicals and require a good understanding of therapy and antidotes at the time of poisoning. This e-book covers pesticide chemistry, metabolic/degradation pathways, biochemical toxicology, therapy and antidotes, nano-pesticides and terminologies associated with pesticide toxicology. The book should serve as a text book for academia, or as a reference work for agriculturists, environmentalists and industry professionals.

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As a teacher, I have faced several questions put forward by my students on toxicology such as dose response relationship, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, mutagenicity, metabolism of toxic chemicals and their behavior in the environment. These queries initiated me to write a book on "Pesticide chemistry and toxicology", which will provide some answers to their questions. In this book, there are eight chapters with subtopics; each is dealing with answers of very specific questions on toxicology. I have tried to pin point the discrepancies raised in my mind as toxicologist and tried to pen down here. I hope this book will be helpful to the students of pesticide toxicology and scientists/teachers working in this field. I am thankful to my colleagues for their continuous support in writing this book and NISCAIR (CSIR, India) for according the approval to use my two chapters hosted on their website. Thanks to Bentham Science publisher who have made publishing this eBook possible.

Dileep K. Singh
Delhi, India


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