Heptachlor and Heptachlor Epoxide

  • George W. Ware
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 104)


Heptachlor (1,4,5,6,7,8,8-heptachloro-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydro-4,7-methanoindene) is an insecticide that was used on corn, alfalfa, hay, and vegetables, and as a termiticide. During the mid-1970s, use of heptachlor on food crops was phased out due to the persistence of the chemical and its epoxide. Currently, heptachlor is used only as a termiticide on a very limited number of crops. Its structure and properties are shown in Table 1.


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  • George W. Ware
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  1. 1.College of AgricultureUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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