Fundamental understanding of the uptake, translocation, and distribution of agrochemicals is of great interest among scientists in industry and academia, because biological activities of pesticides against their target species can be significantly influenced by the biokinetics of the pesticides. Biological activity of pesticides is initially identified during the courses of in vitro bioassays, but the active molecules often lose their biological activity in greenhouse tests. The lack of translation of activity between in vitro assays and greenhouse tests is generally associated with many factors, including poor retention on plant surface, lack of foliar or root uptake, and limited systemicity within plants. Therefore, a clear understanding of the factors that govern the effectiveness of pesticides is key to overcome certain barriers for the expression of biological activity, and this can lead to a strategy to improve biological performance. This ACS symposium book is based on a symposium that was held at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana from September 8-12, 2013. Although uptake, translocation, and distribution of agrochemicals in plants have been extensively studied over the years, there are still many unanswered questions that need to be addressed. Retention, Uptake, and Translocation of Agrochemicals in Plants aims to update current knowledge with new studies that contain new findings on the uptake, translocation, and distribution of agrochemicals in plants as well as provide review-style chapters that summarize existing information on specific subjects. This volume will serve as a valuable resource for researchers who study uptake, translocation, and distribution of pesticides in plants. As researchers involved in discovery and development of agrochemicals want to understand a broad range of biological factors, this book will promote researchers in other scientific disciplines to generate new ideas and technologies in the process of new product development. With contributions from experts in the field of agrochemical research, Retention, Uptake, and Translocation of Agrochemicals in Plants will add to the body of knowledge of biokinetics, and will help further the understanding of the use of agrochemicals on our planet.
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