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Pesticides, PCBs and PBDEs monitoring in India

OCPs are a group of compounds categorized as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that produce a wide range of health effects and pose a potential hazard to the environment. They have been used extensively in tropical countries against agricultural pests and for public health purposes. In India, although the dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane DDT is banned for agriculture, it is still in use to combat the propagation of disease-transmitting vectors. Lindane (γ HCH) is also still in agricultural use. India is the second largest user of pesticides in Asia next to China. A number of reports have been released on OCP residues in various environments, groundwater (Shukla et al., 2006; Sankararamakrishnan et al., 2005), estuarine water (Guzzella et al., 2005), river water (Sankararamakrishnan et al., 2005; Singh, 2005; Rajendran and Subramanian, 1997), marine sediment (Rajendran et al., 2005; Pandit et al., 2006), biota (Kannan et al., 2005) and atmospheric air (Rajendran et al., 1999).

Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change
Countries: India
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