Arsenic compounds

  • N. N. Melnikov


The compounds of arsenic have high biological activity. Among the numerous arsenic compounds are known substances that show powerful insecticidal, fungicidal, herbicidal, and zoocidal effects. A common disadvantage of all the compounds of arsenic without exception is their high toxicity to man and domestic animals. Even some organoarsenic compounds that are relatively low in toxicity to warm-blooded animals are converted to toxic inorganic compounds when they undergo mineralization in animal organisms, in the soil, or in plants. When arsenic compounds are used systematically they can accumulate in the soil and then enter plants. For example, in the United States arsenic has been found in tobacco decades after use had been discontinued on the plots where it was grown. When arsenic compounds have been used for plant protection, massive poisonings of domestic animals have been observed, especially in places where forage crops have been treated with such preparations.


Sodium Arsenite Arsenic Compound Wettable Powder Arsenic Acid Calcium Arsenate 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. N. Melnikov
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  1. 1.University of MoscowRussia

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