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The chemistry of pesticides.

Pesticides are substances (chemical, biological, antimicrobial, desinfectant or other) or mixtures of substances used against a pest (insects, pathogens, weeds, microbes, etc.).

Chemically, it is a fairly homogeneous group of chemical substances of different structure, composition and mode of operation. The advantages of these pesticides - of which there are a large number of approved drugs, and some of which have special and very specific effects - often offset by ecological and toxicological hazards. For this reason, the registration, the use and application are governed by legislation and the maximum quantities of pesticide residues limited quantity.

Online available information resources on the chemistry of pesticides.

Content, Topics

General Information
Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Special Information
Data and Databases
Law, Acts, Regulations

General Information

Agricultural Chemical Users Manual
Guidelines and principles for responsible chemical use - Format: PDF

Learn about pesticides - what they are and what are the risks they may pose?. WHO - Format: PDF

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Performance Characteristics of Insecticides
Introduction to pesticides - Format: PDF

Pesticide Formulations
Work safety

Classes, properties, environmental fate - Format: PDF

Physico-chemical properties and environmental fate of pesticides - Format: PDF

Identity, physical and chemical properties of pesticides - Format: PDF

Insecticides, rodenticides and herbicides - Format: PDF

Special Information

IRAC Mode of Action Classification Scheme - Format: PDF

Classification of Pesticides by Hazard
Guidelines to classification of pesticides

Data and Databases

Arthropod Pesticide Resistance Database
APRD is a database of reports of resistance cases from 1914 to the present

European Union, EU
Pesticides database

PAN Pesticide Database
... is a one-stop location for toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides

Pesticide Properties
The ARS Pesticide Properties Database , PPDB

Pesticide Properties Database
The PPDB is a comprehensive relational database of pesticide chemical identity, physicochemical, human health and ecotoxicological data

Pesticide Side Effect Database
The database on selectivity of pesticides has has been prepared jointly by the IOBC-WPRS Working Group on Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms and the Commission "Guidelines for Integrated Production" to assist organizations and growers in the choice of pesticides


Journal of Fertilizers and Pesticides
Open access journal

Journal of Pesticide Safety Education
... published by the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators

Journal of Pesticide Science
Journal of the Pesticide Science Society of Japan. Pesticide Science Society of Japan

Pest Management Science
... is an international journal of research and technology on crop protection and pest control. Wiley Interscience

Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
... publishes original scientific articles pertaining to the mode of action of plant protection agents such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and similar compounds, including nonlethal pest control agents, biosynthesis of pheromones, hormones, and plant resistance agents. Elsevier

Pesticide Research Journal
The Journal is interdisciplinary in nature and accepts research manuscripts on developmental and safe use of synthetic, natural (botanical, microbial) pesticides, bioefficacy, formulations and application systems


Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council

Law, Acts, Regulations

Plant Protection in the EU
EU legislation regulates the marketing and use of plant protection products and their residues in food


Last update: 12.12.2018.

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