Organophosphate Pesticides: Impact on Environment, Toxicity, and Their Degradation

  • Sikandar I. Mulla
  • Fuad Ameen
  • Manjunatha P. Talwar
  • Syed Ali Musstjab Akber Shah Eqani
  • Ram Naresh Bharagava
  • Gaurav Saxena
  • Preeti N. Tallur
  • Harichandra Z. Ninnekar


Organophosphate pesticides are extensively used for the control of weeds, diseases, and pests of crops. Hence, these insecticides persist in the environs and thereby cause severe pollution problems. Synthetic pesticides including organophosphates insecticides are found to be toxic and/or hazardous to a variety of organisms like living soil biota along with valuable arthropods, fish, birds, human beings, animals, and plants. Organophosphate pesticides might be decontaminated quickly through hydrolysis on exposure to biosphere, which are responsible to be significantly influenced by abiotic and/or biotic factors. The bacterial cultures isolated from various places are the major entities in the environment with a unique capability to break down different organophosphate pesticides for their growth. Additionally, a potential engineered strain(s) application for the bioremediation of organophosphate(s) is of great interest. In the current chapter, the published information on organophosphates impact on environment, toxic effects, and the available results of their degradation are discussed.


Toxicity Chlorpyrifos Methyl parathion Quinalphos Profenofos Degradation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sikandar I. Mulla
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fuad Ameen
    • 3
  • Manjunatha P. Talwar
    • 1
  • Syed Ali Musstjab Akber Shah Eqani
    • 2
  • Ram Naresh Bharagava
    • 4
  • Gaurav Saxena
    • 4
  • Preeti N. Tallur
    • 5
  • Harichandra Z. Ninnekar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryKarnatak UniversityDharwadIndia
  2. 2.CAS Key Laboratory of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesXiamenPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  4. 4.Laboratory of Bioremediation and Metagenomics Research (LBMR), Department of Microbiology (DM)Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University)LucknowIndia
  5. 5.Government Arts and Science CollegeKarwarIndia

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