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Which of the following can cleave the complex lipophilic pesticide molecule?

(a) Microorganisms

(b) Simazine

(c) Benomyle

(d) Cytotoxic drugs

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Asked question is from Microbial Adaptation to Pesticide Contaminated Environment topic in portion Biodegradation of Pesticides in the Environment of Environmental Biotechnology

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Right answer is (a) Microorganisms

To elaborate: Simazine, Benomyle are basic insecticides used in the industry for production of insecticide in India, so, they are themselves categorized as toxic compounds and hence they do not degrade the complex lipophilic pesticide molecule, whereas, cytotoxic drugs are used as old expired medicines and hence, it’s not an insecticide. Microorganisms use enzymatic apparatus to cleave the complex lipophilic pesticide molecule, also, they are environment friendly.

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