ICON Web & News
Search Using OECD Database
Return to Previous Page
Addition or Correction
Nano-pesticides: state of knowledge, environmental fate and exposure modelling Nano-pesticides: state of knowledge
Link to Journal Abstract
Published literature has been reviewed in order to (i) explore the (potential) applications of nano-technology in pesticide formulation, (ii) identify possible impacts on environmental fate and (iii) analyse the suitability of current exposure assessment procedures to account for the novel properties of nano-pesticides within the EU regulatory context. The term nano-pesticide covers a wide variety of products and cannot be considered to represent a single category. Many nano-formulations combine several surfactants, polymers, and metal nano-particles in the nm size range. The aims of nano-formulations are generally common to other pesticide formulations, these being to increase the apparent solubility of poorly soluble active ingredients, to release the active ingredient in a slow/targeted manner and/or to protect against premature degradation. Nano-formulations are thus expected (i) to have significant impacts on the fate of active ingredients and/or (ii) to introduce new ingredients for which the environmental fate is still poorly understood (e.g. nano-silver). Therefore, it seems that adaptations of current exposure assessment approaches will be necessary, at least for some nano-pesticides. The present analysis provides a useful framework to identify priorities for future research in order to achieve more robust risk assessments of nano-pesticides.
For this paper, published literature has been reviewed in order to (i) explore the (potential) applications of nano-technology in pesticide formulation, (ii) identify possible impacts on environmental fate and (iii) analyse the suitability of current exposure assessment procedures to account for the novel properties of nano-pesticides within the EU regulatory context.
Exposure Or Hazard Target
Method Of Study
Environmental Fate and Transport
Risk Exposure Group
Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, Forthcoming Articles, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2012.671750
Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
Kah M, Beulke S, Tiede K, Hofmann T
Last updated on June 20, 2012
This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.
Why Join Us?
Mission and Strategy
Good Nano Guide
Nano EHS Research Needs
Current Practices Survey