Unit 3: Pesticide Pollution - Properties of Pesticides

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  • Principle Properties of Pesticides
    • Specificity - only kill pests either because they are non-toxic to non-target species or the dose is too low
    • Persistence - chemically stable ones more likely to travel and bioaccumulate
    • Liposoluble - more likely to bioaccumulate as they are stored in fat tissue, so may also biomagnify in predators
    • Mobility - more mobile ones are more likely to spread and affect wide areas

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