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Molecular Database


MW = 364.91 g/mol
CAS Number: 309-00-2

Use and production

Aldrin is the pesticide applied to soils to kill termites, grasshoppers, corn rootworm, and other insect pests.

Toxicity and POPs characteristics of aldrin

Aldrin is listed under Annex A in the Stockholm convention.

Aldrin can also kill birds, fish, and humans. In one incident, aldrin-treated rice is believed to have killed hundreds of shorebirds, waterfowl, and passerines along the Texas Gulf Coast when these birds either ate animals that had eaten the rice or ate the rice themselves. In humans, the fatal dose for an adult male is estimated to be about five grams. Humans are mostly exposed to aldrin through dairy products and animal meats. Studies in India indicate that the average daily intake of aldrin and its byproduct dieldrin is about 19 micrograms per person. 

Identification peaks (cm-1)

302, 327, 350, 375, 395, 525, 460, 670-720 group of bands, 1564

Detection limit

Limit of detection: 18 ppb