Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 317–329 | Cite as

Toxicity, monitoring and biodegradation of the fungicide carbendazim

  • Simranjeet Singh
  • Nasib Singh
  • Vijay Kumar
  • Shivika Datta
  • Abdul Basit Wani
  • Damnita Singh
  • Karan Singh
  • Joginder SinghEmail author


The increasing use of toxic pesticides is a major environmental concern. Carbendazim is a systemic fungicide having wide applications for controlling fungal diseases in agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicines. Carbendazim is a major pollutant detectable in food, soil and water. Carbendazim extensive and repeated use induces acute and delayed toxic effects on humans, invertebrates, aquatic life forms and soil microorganisms. Here, we review the pollution, non-target toxicity and microbial degradation of carbendazim for crop and veterinary purposes. We found that carbendazim causes embryotoxicity, apoptosis, teratogenicity, infertility, hepatocellular dysfunction, endocrine-disrupting effects, disruption of haematological functions, mitotic spindle abnormalities, mutagenic and aneugenic effect. We also found that carbendazim disrupted the microbial community structure in various ecosystems. The detection of carbendazim in soil and reservoir sites is performed by spectroscopic, chromatographic, voltammetric, nanoparticles, carbon electrodes and mass spectrometry. A review of the degradation of carbendazim shows that carbendazim undergoes partial to complete biodegradation in the soil and water by Azospirillum, Aeromonas, Alternaria, Bacillus, Brevibacillus, Nocardioides, Pseudomonas, Ralstonia, Rhodococcus, Sphingomonas, Streptomyces and Trichoderma.


Carbendazim Fungicide Soil microorganisms Biodegradation Monitoring 


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Authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simranjeet Singh
    • 1
  • Nasib Singh
    • 3
  • Vijay Kumar
    • 2
  • Shivika Datta
    • 1
  • Abdul Basit Wani
    • 2
  • Damnita Singh
    • 1
  • Karan Singh
    • 4
  • Joginder Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyLovely Professional UniversityPhagwaraIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryLovely Professional UniversityPhagwaraIndia
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology, Akal College of Basic SciencesEternal UniversityBaru SahibIndia
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Akal College of Basic SciencesEternal UniversityBaru SahibIndia

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