Helping Clinical Laboratories Standardize Farmworker Tests
Fan spraying diazinon in an almond orchard
What has ANR done?Wilson is working with Cal EPA Department of Pesticide Regulation to help clinical laboratories improve and standardize their blood cholinesterase measurements -- the blood enzymes used to detect exposure to the OP and CB pesticides. Wilson and his laboratory collaborated with DANR IPM personnel such as Pat O'Connor-Marer and Jennifer Weber, state workers such as physician toxicologist Michael O'Malley, director of UC Davis Employee Health Services, the UCD/NIH Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and the UCD/NIOSH Agriculture Health and Safety Center. Wilson's team developed a bovine red blood cell enzyme standard using cow blood from the Department of Animal Science; they also devised an optimal assay procedure. Wilson's laboratory served as the benchmark in comparing blood test results with participating clinical laboratories.
UCD scientists standardize mandatory blood testsWilson's studies with clinical laboratories are standardizing results from many laboratories, offering growers and workers in the agricultural workplace more accurate tests to provide for their safety, and helping to keep California in the forefront of producing safe and nutritious food for the consumer.
Supporting Unit:UC Davis Department of Animal Science/Department of Environmental Toxicology
Barry Wilson, Professor
Departments of Animal Science
Department of Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis
(530) 752-3519; firstname.lastname@example.org