SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
  11 October 2012
Volume 13 Issue 10
 

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Commemorating Silent Spring at in Long Beach

Barnett Rattner, U.S. Geological Survey and Nancy Golden, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson, 1952, ten years before the publication of Silent Spring. What will you be doing ten years hence?

A special symposium will be held during the SETAC North America Annual Meeting at the Tuesday afternoon session, 13 November, to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. Ranked as one of the twenty-five most influential books of the 20th century, Silent Spring author Rachel Carson presented and discussed pesticide effects beyond target organisms, including topics such as ecological imbalances, surface and ground water contamination, inadequate water treatment facilities, persistence and trophic transfer of chlorinated hydrocarbons, use of natural products for biological pest control, human safety and pesticide resistance. Following a presentation on the impact of this classic text on the field of ecotoxicology (Barnett Rattner, Nancy Golden), case studies on the development, use, efficacy, target and non-target organism toxicity and safety of pesticides will be presented. Topics will include persistent organic pollutants (Keith Solomon), organophosphorus and carbamate pesticides (Anne Fairbrother), phenyl pyrazole insecticides (Dan Schlenk), natural stressors and other factors interacting with pesticides (Michelle Boone), pollinators and colony collapse disorders (Reed Johnson), crop protection and integrated pest management (Spencer Mortensen) and societal and governmental management of pesticide use (Leighanne Hahn). Speakers will relate the current state of our science to concepts and perspectives described in Silent Spring and recount our progress, accomplishments, failings and predictions for the future. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting session!

Author's contact information: brattner@usgs.gov, nancy_golden@fws.gov

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