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Insecticides, Organochlorines

  1. Jack R. Plimmer1,
  2. Derek W. Gammon2

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr059

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Plimmer, J. R. and Gammon, D. W. 2003. Insecticides, Organochlorines. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Tampa, Florida

  2. 2

    California EPA, Sacramento, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Few chlorinated organic insecticides remain in use in North America and Europe. Several have been classified as Persistent Organic Pollutants and proscribed globally. However, their considerable benefits to humanity in the past should not be overlooked nor should the lessons that were learned during the period when they were applied to control disease vectors and agricultural pests throughout the world. Organochlorine compounds were not only used as pesticides, but they also had many industrial uses. Chlorinated organic compounds were also byproducts of a number of chemical manufacturing processes, and as a result of the careless disposal and handling of wastes, quantities were applied into the environment.


  • chlorinated organic insecticides;
  • organochlorine compounds;
  • DDT;
  • Persistant Organic Pollutants;
  • hexachlorocyclohexane;
  • cyclodiene insecticides;
  • chlorinated terpenes;
  • hexachlorobenzene