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Enantioselective aquatic toxicity of current chiral pesticides

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Chiral pesticides are ubiquitous in the aquatic environment, and their enantioselectivities in aquatic toxicity are known to be complicated. The difference in enantioselective effects between enantiomers may sometimes differ by approximately 100-fold or more, which makes it important to incorporate enantioselective effects into the risk assessment of chiral pesticides. In this paper, we reviewed relevant work on the aquatic toxicity of chiral pesticides with an emphasis on the enantioselective aquatic toxicity under both chronic and acute exposure conditions. We provided a personal account of the importance of studies on molecular mechanisms of developmental toxicity and specific endpoints such as vitellogenin, yolk sac edema and pericardial edema in future research. Given the widespread use of chiral pesticides, we suggest that a more comprehensive understanding of the significance of enantioselective aquatic toxicity will be very helpful in improving risk assessment and regulation of chiral pesticides.

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The article was received on 23 Aug 2011, accepted on 02 Nov 2011 and first published on 13 Dec 2011

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10687B
J. Environ. Monit., 2012,14, 465-472

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    Enantioselective aquatic toxicity of current chiral pesticides

    Q. Zhang, C. Wang, X. Zhang, D. Jin, C. Huang and M. Zhao, J. Environ. Monit., 2012, 14, 465
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10687B

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