Organophosphoruus compounds

Posted: 22 August 2000

A group of pesticides that work by blocking the central nervous systems of the organisms exposed to them. Malathion and diazonon are the most commonly used organophosphates. They are highly effective against insects, but break down rapidly in the environment and do not bioaccumulate. For these reasons, they are preferred over organochloride pesticides. Although generally considered safer than the organochlorides, they are highly toxic to humans and other mammals and may be carcinogenic.