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Review Article. Organochlorine pesticides, their toxic effects on living organisms and their fate in the environment

Published Online: 17 May 2017
Volume & Issue: Volume 9 (2016) - Issue 3-4 (December 2016)
Page range: 90 - 100
Received: 14 Jan 2016
Accepted: 22 Jul 2016
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Abstract

Organochlorine (OC) pesticides are synthetic pesticides widely used all over the world. They belong to the group of chlorinated hydrocarbon derivatives, which have vast application in the chemical industry and in agriculture. These compounds are known for their high toxicity, slow degradation and bioaccumulation. Even though many of the compounds which belong to OC were banned in developed countries, the use of these agents has been rising. This concerns particularly abuse of these chemicals which is in practice across the continents. Though pesticides have been developed with the concept of target organism toxicity, often non-target species are affected badly by their application. The purpose of this review is to list the major classes of pesticides, to understand organochlorine pesticides based on their activity and persistence, and also to understand their biochemical toxicity.

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