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Kassio Ferreira Mendes

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Dr. Mendes is a researcher experienced in studies of pesticide behavior in the environment, he is an author of several chapters and books in this area of research and a member of the Brazilian Society of Weed Science.


Rodrigo Nogueira de Sousa

University of Sao Paulo

Dr. Nogueira de Sousa is a researcher experienced in studies of soil pollution with an internship experience in the United States of America.

Kamila Cabral Mielke

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Dr. Cabral Mielke is a researcher experienced in studies of bioremediation, specifically remediation of soils contaminated with herbicides using biochar.


Pesticides Organic Pollutants Microbial Degradation Enzymes Biocatalytic Interventions Wastewater Treatment Biochar Bound Residues Environmental Impact Dissipation Time Absorption Soil and Water Remediation

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The transformation or degradation of pesticides refers to changes in the chemical nature of molecules by physical (photodecomposition), chemical (oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, water-insoluble salts and chemical complexes) or biological (microbiological degradation or biodegradation) processes. The transformation can be complete, giving rise to CO2, H2O and mineral salts process called mineralization or incomplete, giving rise to metabolites, receiving the name metabolization. Processing is generally important because it reduces the level of pesticide residue in the environment. Despite this, there are many challenges in this area, mainly due to the heterogeneity of ecosystems and the structure of pesticides. With the growing awareness of pesticide toxicity, which are difficult to degrade and microorganisms being the main responsible for the biodegradation of pesticides in soils, new research and discoveries on biodegradation and bioremediation will contribute to a better understanding, prevention and monitoring of pesticide persistence in the soil.

The chapters of this book will address the biodegradation processes of pesticides in water and soil, in addition to microplastics, inorganic compounds, among others.

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Date completed: February 2nd 2021

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Review results due: July 20th 2021

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Expected publication date: September 18th 2021

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Kassio Ferreira Mendes

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Kassio Ferreira Mendes is a Professor of Biology and Integrated Management of Weeds, Department of Agronomy, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil. He graduated from the State University of Mato Grosso in 2011 and received a master’s in Agronomy (Crop Science) from the Federal University of Viçosa in 2013. Post-Doctor (2019) and Doctor (2017) in Sciences - Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (Chemistry in Agriculture and Environment), Center of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, Campus 'Luiz de Queiroz', University of São Paulo, Brazil with research fellowship at University of Minnesota - USA (2016), Twin Cities Campus - College of Food and Agricultural Sciences in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA - ARS). Dr. Mendes is a member of the Brazilian Society of Weed Science.

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