Special Issue "Ecological and Human-Health Effects of Pesticides in the Environment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016).
Pesticides are frequently used in agricultural and residential areas to control insects, weeds, and other pests. The transport of these chemicals away from the target areas has led to their widespread presence which makes them a common environmental exposure. Once in the natural environment, pesticides partition between water and soil/sediment particles and degrade over time. Parent pesticides, as well as their degradation products, can potentially affect organisms and human health. Prior to registration, pesticides are screened for adverse biological effects such as acute and reproductive toxicity, but information under relevant, field conditions such as mixtures of pesticides or prolonged exposure is scarce.
A great deal of effort has been made in developed countries to understand the fate and environmental impacts of pesticides but information is still limited in developing regions of the world where contamination problems are usually aggravated by a lower public awareness of the risks posed by these chemicals and the use of highly hazardous pesticides, some of them already prohibited in industrialized nations. Further, recent studies in adults have suggested that pesticides may be related to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, a significant public-health burden in developing communities. Socioeconomic factors also make children and women particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure in these regions. Characterization of pesticide use and exposure in the general population is critical to reliable risk assessment.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to highlight new information about pesticide exposure patterns and their biological and human-health effects, particularly in but not restricted to developing countries. Papers that fall along the continuum of pesticide exposure characterization to evaluation of environmental impacts will be considered.
Dr. Ricardo Bello-Mendoza
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- biological effects
- current-use pesticides
- developing countries
- ecological risk assessment
- environmental exposure
- human-health effects
- human-health risk assessment