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Pesticide Selectivity, Health and the Environment

By: William R Carlile

310 pages, Tabs, figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 2006 | #147416 | ISBN: 0521010810
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About this book

The re-evaluation of many compounds for their long-term toxicity to humans and the environment has resulted in extensive reforms of the pesticide industry. This book explores the actions of pesticides and their effects on non-target organisms, the environment and human health. In addition to the chemical and biological actions of pesticides, the volume covers the regulatory framework within which manufacturers of compounds function, and the influence that pressure groups and the media have on the industry.


1. The rationale, principles and regulation of pesticide use; 2. Herbicides and plant growth regulators; 3. Fungicides; 4. Insecticides and other compounds that control invertebrate pests; 5. Soil sterilants, fumigants and vertebrate poisons; 6. Pesticide toxicology; 7. Pesticides and human health; 8. Pesticides in the environment; 9. Pesticides and non-target species; 10. Public perceptions, comparative risk assessment, and future prospects for pesticides.

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W. R. Carlile is a Principal Lecturer in Crop Science at Nottingham Trent University. He is also an advisor to several major agrochemical companies.

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