Temporal trend of organochlorine pesticides in Australia

Toms, Leisa-Maree, Harden, Fiona, Hobson, Peter, Sjodin, Andreas, & Mueller, Jochen (2012) Temporal trend of organochlorine pesticides in Australia. In Mueller, Jochen & Gaus, Caroline (Eds.) Organohalogen Compounds, International Advisory Board and Dioxin20XX.org, Cairns, QLD.

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Abstract

Persistent, lipophilic organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), dieldrin, chlordanes, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and mirex are known to accumulate in human samples [1, 2]. Persistent OCPs are among the chemicals that are covered under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants [3]. Exceptions to this include relatively less lipophillic compounds like HCH (KOW<10^5). In Australia, OCPs such as DDT and HCHs were introduced in the 1940s. This followed a period of widespread use until the 1970s when recognition of risks related to OCPs resulted in reduced use and their ultimate ban in the 1980s. Mirex, however, remained in very restricted use in Northern Australia for treatment of one species of termites (the Giant Termite (Mastotermes darwinensis)) but this use was phased out in 2007.

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ID Code: 57844
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: organochlorine pesticides, Australia, blood serum, temporal trends
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2013 22:37
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 04:43

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