Pesticides

Science / Marine Biology / Pesticides: Chemical products used to reduce or eliminate unwanted organisms, regarded as 'pests'. Pesticides are often used on gardens, agricultural land, roadsides, and golf courses to eliminate species considered undesirable or damaging.

Persistent Pesticides

Business / Agriculture / Persistent Pesticides: Pesticides that do not readily break down in the environment. Becoming long-lived components of the ecosystem, these chemicals may have enduring effects at low concentrations or may bioaccumulate, pos MORE

Botanical Pesticides

Business / Agriculture / Botanical Pesticides: Pesticides whose active ingredients are plant-produced chemicals such as nicotine, rotenone, or strychnine. Also called plant-derived pesticides. Being 'natural' pesticides, as distinct from synthetic MORE

Restricted-Use Pesticides

Business / Agriculture / Restricted-Use Pesticides: A pesticide may be classified for restricted use if it requires special handling because of its toxicity. These may be applied only by trained, certified applicators or those under their direct superv MORE

Carcinogen

Business / Agriculture / Carcinogen: Any substance that produces or promotes cancer. This is a key consideration in evaluating the safety of pesticides and other chemicals. MORE

Desiccant

Business / Agriculture / Desiccant: A chemical agent that absorbs moisture: desiccants can be used to control certain insect pests or mildew, and also to dry foliage before harvest (as with potatoes). Desiccants are regulated as pestici MORE

Germicide

Business / Agriculture / Germicide: Any compound that kills disease-causing microorganisms. Germicides must be registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as pesticides. MORE

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