Microbe-Induced Degradation of Pesticides

  • Shree Nath Singh

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Science book sub series (ENVSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Muftah H. El-Naas, Hussein A. Mousa, Maisa El Gamal
    Pages 23-58
  3. Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip
    Pages 59-81
  4. Sabir Hussain, Tanvir Shahzad, Muhammad Imran, Azeem Khalid, Muhammad Arshad
    Pages 83-104
  5. Héctor Hugo León-Santiesteban, Refugio Rodríguez-Vázquez
    Pages 131-149
  6. Durgesh Kumar Jaiswal, Jay Prakash Verma, Janardan Yadav
    Pages 167-189
  7. J. M. Saez, A. Alvarez, M. S. Fuentes, M. J. Amoroso, C. S. Benimeli
    Pages 191-212
  8. S. N. Singh, Nitanshi Jauhari
    Pages 213-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-233

About this book


This book focuses on the microbial degradation of endosulfan, lindane, chlorophenols, organochlorine, aldrin, dieldrin, isoproturon and atrazine, etc. which are commonly used in crop fields to kill the pests. Further, it illustrates the role of degradative enzymes, metabolic pathways of degradation, toxicity of metabolites, and the factors regulating the pesticide degradation.

In view of persistence of synthetic pesticides, scientists have discovered suitable microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and algae (naturally occurring or genetically engineered) over the years. After successful trials under laboratory and field conditions, these microbes are being used to degrade chemical pesticides in agriculture. As of now 2.56 billion kg of chemical pesticides is used every year to protect agricultural fields against pest attack. These technologies have been found to be highly effective, eco-friendly and cost-effective without disturbing the agro-ecosystems.

As this book contains review articles contributed by various researchers from different countries whose work demonstrates recent advances in microbial degradation of pesticides, it will serve as a ready reckoner and also a valuable quick reference guide for scientists, academicians, cultivators and industrialists alike.


Microbes Pesticides Degradative Enzymes Degradation Pathways Mineralization

Editors and affiliations

  • Shree Nath Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Research InstituteCSIR - National Botanical Research InstituteLucknowIndia

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