About this Research Topic
In the past few decades, conventional agriculture around the world has relied heavily on pesticides (including insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides, etc.) to control pest species and significantly enhance crop yields. However, the large-scale application of pesticides can pose a serious threat to various non-target organisms, for example, bees, birds, silkworms, earthworms, natural parasitic and predatory organisms, fishes, algae, Daphnia, amphibians, etc. Studies on the environmental fate, toxic effects, and environmental risk of pesticides, and their combination with other environmental and agricultural contaminants (e.g., heavy metals, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), and microplastics) have become increasingly important in recent years. Potential remediation methods and technologies for pesticides and pesticide-contaminant combinations have also been developed rapidly.
Much progress has been achieved in investigating the environmental impacts of pesticides, however, there are still gaps in knowledge to be filled.
This Research Topic welcomes manuscripts from researchers working on the following themes relating to pesticides or their combinations with other contaminants (e.g., heavy metals, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), and microplastics, etc.):
• Environmental fate, including how pesticides enter the air, soil, and aquatic environment after being applied to agricultural crops.
• Ecotoxicity: pesticide effects on non-target organisms, individually or in combination with other contaminants.
• Mechanisms of interaction on non-target organisms.
• Environmental risk assessment of pesticide and pesticide-contaminant mixtures on non-target organisms and the aquatic ecosystem.
• Technologies and techniques that can be utilized to effectively remediate pesticide contamination and reduce environmental risks.
Keywords: pesticide, insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, combined pollution, environmental fate, ecotoxicology, environmental risk assessment, remediation, toxicity, chemical mixture
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