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arsenic (GB)
Metallic shiny semi-metal that, for example, forms extremely toxic compounds with hydrogen and other substances. Arsenic is highly carcinogenic (carcinogenic), yet arsenic compounds are used as part of individual medicines. Already in the antiquity various arsenic compounds were used in viticulture against insect pests, about Pliny the Elder (23-79) reports. It is thus one of the oldest, so to speak insecticides, In modern times, sodium salts of arsenic trioxide (also called arsenic) were formerly used worldwide as a pest control agent. In viticulture, arsenicals are prohibited in viticulture, in Germany since 1974. In some areas in the south of France, there are still former vineyards that have been closed due to excessive arsenic in the soil until today for any cultivation. See also below plant protection and pesticides,

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