Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Pesticides in the Modern World - Risks and Benefits

Edited by Margarita Stoytcheva, ISBN 978-953-307-458-0, 560 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published October 05, 2011 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/949

This book is a compilation of 29 chapters focused on: pesticides and food production, environmental effects of pesticides, and pesticides mobility, transport and fate. The first book section addresses the benefits of the pest control for crop protection and food supply increasing, and the associated risks of food contamination. The second book section is dedicated to the effects of pesticides on the non-target organisms and the environment such as: effects involving pollinators, effects on nutrient cycling in ecosystems, effects on soil erosion, structure and fertility, effects on water quality, and pesticides resistance development. The third book section furnishes numerous data contributing to the better understanding of the pesticides mobility, transport and fate. The addressed in this book issues should attract the public concern to support rational decisions to pesticides use.