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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Advances in Pesticide Environmental Fate and Exposure Assessments

Authors
item RICE, PAMELA
item Rice, Patricia - BASF CORP
item Arthur, Ellen - BAYER CROP SCIENCE
item Barefoot, Aldos - DUPONT AG PRODUCTS

Submitted to: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 25, 2007
Publication Date: July 11, 2007
Citation: Rice, P.J., Rice, P.J., Arthur, E.L., Barefoot, A.C. 2007. Advances in Pesticide Environmental Fate and Exposure Assessments. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 55:5367-5376.

Interpretive Summary: Globalization of markets and the growing world population increase threats of invasive and exotic species and place greater demands on food and fiber production. Pest management in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings employs established practices and new technologies. Pesticides are an essential tool in integrated pest management. Without pesticides a significant percentage of food and fiber crops would be lost, infectious diseases would increase, and valuable native habitats would be devastated. Therefore it is important to understand the environmental fate of pesticides and assess their potential exposure and associated risks to human and environmental health. This manuscript summarizes the Advances in Pesticide Environmental Fate and Exposure Assessment symposium held at the 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The focus of the symposium was to provide current information on advances in pesticide environmental fate and exposure assessments. Thirty papers were presented on advances ranging from subcellular level research to watershed-scale studies on topics including chemical degradation, sorption and transport; improved methodologies; use of modeling and predictive tools; exposure assessment; and treatment and remediation. Practical application of this information will enhance the development of more effective pesticide use and management practices, provide a better understanding of pesticide fate and associated exposures and risks, help develop mitigation and remediation strategies, and establish sound science-based regulations.

Technical Abstract: Globalization of markets and the growing world population increase threats of invasive and exotic species and place greater demands on food and fiber production. Pest management in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings employs established practices and new biological-, chemical- and management-technologies. Pesticides are an essential tool in integrated pest management. Without pesticides a significant percentage of food and fiber crops would be lost, infectious diseases would increase, and valuable native habitats would be devastated. Therefore it is important to understand the environmental fate of pesticides and assess their potential exposure and associated risks to human and environmental health. This manuscript summarizes the Advances in Pesticide Environmental Fate and Exposure Assessment symposium held at the 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The focus of the symposium was to provide current information on advances in pesticide environmental fate and exposure assessments. Thirty papers were presented on advances ranging from subcellular processes to watershed-scale studies on topics including chemical degradation, sorption and transport; improved methodologies; use of modeling and predictive tools; exposure assessment; and treatment and remediation. This information is necessary to develop more effective pesticide use and management practices, better understand pesticide fate and associated exposures and risks, develop mitigation and remediation strategies, and establish sound science-based regulations.

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