Chiral Pesticides: Identification, Description, and Environmental Implications

  • Elin M. Ulrich
  • Candice N. Morrison
  • Michael R. Goldsmith
  • William T. Foreman
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Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 217)

Abstract

Anthropogenic chemicals, including pesticides, are a major source of contamination and pollution in the environment. Pesticides have many positive uses: increased food production, decreased damage to crops and structures, reduced disease vector populations, and more. Nevertheless, pesticide exposure can pose risks to humans and the environment, so various mitigation strategies are exercised to make them safer, minimize their use, and reduce their unintended environment effects. One strategy that may help achieve these goals relies on the unique properties of chirality or molecular asymmetry. Some common terms related to chirality are defined in Table 1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elin M. Ulrich
    • 1
  • Candice N. Morrison
    • 3
    • 4
  • Michael R. Goldsmith
    • 2
  • William T. Foreman
    • 5
  1. 1.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Research Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Research Triangle ParkUSA
  3. 3.Student Contractor to the U.S. EPAAshevilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental ScienceThe University of ArizonaTusconUSA
  5. 5.U.S. Geological Survey, National Water Quality LaboratoryDenverUSA

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