Title: Glossary of terms related to pesticides
Alan S. Felsot, Denis
J. Hamilton, Patrick
T. Holland, Jan B.H.J.
Linders, Ronald Parker,
and John Unsworth
Completion Date: 2006 - project completed
1. To develop a new glossary of the more than 300 terms relating to
2. To publish it electronically to facilitate better international communication
among researchers, regulatory authorities, toxicologists, agriculturalists
Pesticides are a broad group of biologically active chemicals and
organisms that are important for pest management and human health. Differences
in the use of pesticide terminology still exist. These differences are
an impediment to the increased international efforts to harmonize the
regulation of pesticides on a world basis. The main reason for this
problem is the interdisciplinary nature of the many professional groups
dealing with pesticides e.g. synthetic chemists, formulation chemists,
biochemists, entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, eco-toxicologists,
and health toxicologists. The emerging fields of bio-pesticides, biotechnology,
eco-toxicological risk assessment and good laboratory practice are also
having a major impact in this field. There is also an expanding need
for better communication about pesticides in our educational institutions,
the mass media, consumer groups, environmental groups and within the
general public. These groups are all concerned with the many complex
issues involving pesticides. There is an obvious and continuing need
for a complete and current glossary of terms relating to pesticides
that is internationally accepted and adopted for use among the many
relevant disciplines and groups. This project to revise, expand and
up date the glossary of terms related to pesticides, will be a major
component of that process.
Our Task Group of seven scientists will make final decisions on terminology
to be included and on the exact wording for each entry. However, we
will rely heavily on the networking that is possible with the twenty
members of our IUPAC Advisory Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry
(ACCPC). They are scientists in government, industry or universities
and come from eleven different countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle
East, and North and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand.
As a group, they represent most of the scientific disciplines above
and they all have a particular emphasis on pesticides in their work.
Furthermore, most members of the group are very interdisciplinary in
their focus. They are aware of the communication problems that exist
, and, collectively, they have the needed expertise for clarification.
The current Glossary of Terms Related to Pesticides (Holland et.al.,
Pure Appl. Chem. 68(5)1167-1193, 1996) will be ten years
old by the time this new glossary of terms can be published. However,
it is an excellent resource and it will be distributed in electronic
format to all members of our ACCPC. They will provide their own comments
and solicit the comments of their colleagues in as many pesticide related
fields as possible. A composite draft glossary will be circulated electronically
for comment among our principal task group members returned to the Chair,
edited and recirculated. Revised drafts of the glossary will be prepared
for review and comment by all members of the ACCPC before its next scheduled
meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica in February, 2005. A final draft of
the glossary will be submitted for publication in time for distribution
at the next International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry at Kobe, Japan
in August, 2006.
A manuscript is being prepared for publication in Pure Appl. Chem.
A final document was submitted to public review comments
until 31 May 2006.> see provisional
Project completed - IUPAC Recommendations published in Pure
78(11), 2075-2154, 2006.
Last Update: 25 October 2006