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Document ID (ISN)76132
CIS number 01-259
ISBN(s) 92-4-157217-5
Year 1999
Convention or series no. Environmental Health Criteria 217
Author(s)
International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)
Title Bacillus thuringiensis
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 1999. xv, 105p. Approx. 320 ref. Price: CHF 27.00 (CHF 18.90 in developing countries).
Abstract Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a bacterium that has the ability to produce protein parasporal cystalline inclusions, which are toxic to the larvae of certain insect species. It is also a source of genes for transgenic expression of pest resistance. Bt is used in some pesticide formulations, resulting in respiratory and skin exposure to agricultural workers. Field studies indicate no adverse health effects from Bt exposure, and given the mode of action of Bt products, they are unlikely to pose any hazard to humans and vertebrates, or to non-target invertebrates. Contents include: biological properties and analytical methods; mode of action on target insects; habitats; commercial production; effects on animals; exposure and effects on humans; evaluation of human health risks and effects on the environment. Summaries in French and in Spanish.
Descriptors (primary) IPCS; WHO; bacilli; pesticide spraying; toxicology; agriculture; insecticides
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; spores; irritants; ILO; criteria document; DNA; genetically modified organisms; antibodies; UNEP
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceWHO
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals