Exposure of wildlife over an extended period of time to pesticide levels not immediately lethal may result in chronic poisoning. The most well-known example of a chronic effect in wildlife is that of the organochlorine insecticide DDT via the metabolite DDE on reproduction in certain birds of prey. DDT and other organochlorine pesticides such as dieldrin, endrin, and chlordane have been implicated in bird mortality resulting from chronic exposure. The reduction of these compounds in the s, and early s, has resulted in decreased organochlorine residues in most areas, and reproduction in birds, such as the bald eagle, has greatly improved.
Organochlorine pesticides used in some foreign countries may pose risk to migratory birds which overwinter there. Pesticides may impact wildlife through secondary poisoning when an animal consumes prey species that contain pesticide residues. Examples of secondary poisoning are 1 birds of prey becoming sick after feeding on an animal that is dead or dying from acute exposure to a pesticide, and 2 the accumulation and movement of persistent chemicals in wildlife food chains.
A pesticide may affect wildlife in ways other than direct or secondary poisoning. Pesticides may impact wildlife indirectly when a part of its habitat or food supply is modified.
For instance, herbicides may reduce food, cover, and nesting sites needed by insect, bird, and mammal populations; insecticides may diminish insect populations fed on by bird or fish species; insect pollinators may be reduced, thereby affecting plant pollination. The study of indirect effects is an emerging area and one that may be difficult to investigate. Not all pesticides have detrimental effects on all wildlife, nor do pesticide residues necessarily lead to serious consequences for wildlife.
The potential impact must be evaluated by simultaneously considering the availability of the pesticide, or its degradation product s , the toxicological properties of the pesticide, and the ecological characteristics of the exposure.
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Due to the complexity of these issues, many scientific disciplines must play a role in both the studies and the interpretation of results. The results from scientific studies aid numerous federal and state natural resource agencies to assess and manage the effects of pesticides on wildlife, including endangered species.
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The degree of direct impact a pesticide has on wildlife is determined by the sensitivity of a species to the chemical and the degree to which the species is exposed. Despite increased integration of policies for improved environmental risk characterisation, there is clearly a need to strengthen the engagement between interdependent actors and stakeholders at the landscape level. Reduction of diffuse contamination by pesticides will be underpinned by research into processes governing fate and exposure at the landscape scale and the development of tools to express how fate and exposure varies across the landscape.
This session will address soil, surface water, groundwater and air compartments and will report novel methodologies, new understanding of landscape processes, tools for landscape-level modelling and assessment, and case studies for application of landscape approaches.
Environmental dynamics of pesticides
Environmental risk mitigation measures are increasingly important components of the risk assessment process and conditions for use for plant protection products. Submissions are encouraged on practical field experiences with testing and implementation to characterise effectiveness and sensitivity of performance for reduction of off-field losses via leaching, drainage, run-off as well as volatilisation and dispersion in the air. Submissions are sought considering how such measures may be effectively represented in risk assessments through modelling and opportunities for translation into practical and effective labelling.
Discussions will consider how risk management strategies can be designed to improve communication, awareness, uptake and implementation by product users.
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This session will discuss how recent scientific and technological advances in soil, water and air monitoring activities are useful for pesticide management and how they may facilitate the application of social and political requirements that have increased strongly in recent decades at local and regional levels. Papers including results of monitoring plans implemented for the pre-authorisation, post-authorisation and sustainable use of pesticide are invited in this session.
The session will include recent technological advances to resolve current policy targets such as environmental risk assessment and management, as well as advances in information technology. Assessment tools for the evaluation of risk. A user guide. US Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Research Laboratory. Duluth, Minnesota. Sabljic A : On the prediction of soil sorption coefficients of organic pollutants by molecular structure: Application of molecular topo-logy model. Improvements and systematics of log Koc vs.
Stevenson FM : Organic matter reactions involving pesticides in soil.
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