Chapter 4. Pollutants and Pesticides

  1. William J. Sutherland Professor of Biology
  1. Ian Newton

Published Online: 14 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch4

Conservation Science and Action

Conservation Science and Action

How to Cite

Newton, I. (1998) Pollutants and Pesticides, in Conservation Science and Action (ed W. J. Sutherland), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch4

Editor Information

  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of East, Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Author Information

  1. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Monks Wood, Huntingdon PE17 2LS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427624

Online ISBN: 9781444313499



  • pollutants and pesticides;
  • toxic chemicals - pesticides, industrial effluents or combustion emissions;
  • application of carbamate insecticide, carbaryl (trade name Sevin);
  • direct impact on populations;
  • organochlorine pesticides and predatory birds;
  • organochlorine persistence in body and its effects;
  • lead poisoning in waterfowl;
  • indirect effects on populations through food shortage;
  • habitat alteration by pollutants;
  • air pollution and forest dieback


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Some general points about pesticides

  • Direct impacts on populations

  • Indirect effects on populations through food shortage

  • Alteration of habitats by pollutants

  • Genetic aspects

  • Use of historical material

  • Conclusion