BCMB 611 : Pesticide Biochemistry


This course designed to acquaint students with the chemistry, biological activities and mechanisms of action and environmental impact of pesticides. History and classes of pesticides; natural products as leads for development of pesticides; molecular basis of pesticide action; biochemical processes for metabolizing and eliminating pesticides; biochemistry of pesticide resistance; impact of pesticide use on human health as well as the environment. Students acquire skills that enable them appreciate processes involved in pesticide development and pesticide action and advise on precautionary measures in pesticide use and assist with monitoring pesticide resistance in organisms such as insects and pesticide residues in food and the environment