Chemical Pesticides

Jorgen Stenersen 
CRC Press  2004  

Hardbck  296 pp  ISBN 9780748409105      £73.00
  • Describes pesticides according to their mode of action, not according to the pests they are used against
  • Includes an extensive list of relevant literature, from classic to cutting edge
  • Explores environmental problems with an objective viewpoint, without overemphasizing the benefits or problems of pesticide usage
  • Explains the development of resistance in the context of evolution, integrating natural selection and engineered resistance to herbicides
Environmental-friendliness, issues of public health, and the pros and cons of genetically-modified crops all receive regular coverage in the world's media. This, in turn, has led to increased questioning and investigation of chemical pesticides. Stenersen's concise and timely introduction to chemical pesticides describes these compounds according to their mode of action at the cellular and biochemical level.

Chemical Pesticides provides answers to questions such as why pesticides are toxic to the target organism and why pesticides are toxic to some organisms and not others. It describes how various poisons interfere with biochemical processes in organisms. The book also explores how resistance to pesticides develops, how resistance can be used to illustrate the theory of evolution, and how it can be used to produce herbicide-resistant crop plants. Legal matters and potential environmental problems are also discussed.

By providing an integrated, yet simple description of modern chemical pesticides, the author provides a relevan t text for professionals and students in biological disciplines such as biochemistry, medicine, agriculture, and veterinary science.


  • Introduction
  • Motivation
  • Pesticides and Opinion
  • A Great Market
  • Nomenclature, Definitions and Terminology
  • Helpful Reading
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • General Toxicology
  • Insect Biochemistry, Plant Physiology, Neurophysiology
  • Pesticides
  • Side Effects of Pesticides
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