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1441: Pesticide resistance

This paper summarises a blog on the European Crop Protection Association website

Year of Publication2012

Pesticide resistance is a heritable change in the sensitivity of a pest population that is reflected in the repeated failure of a product to achieve the expected level of control. Implications include crop losses and the danger of incorrect pesticide use as larger than prescribed doses may be applied in attempt to counter a lack of efficacy. It can be tackled by avoiding unnecessary applications of pesticides, providing refuge areas for pest species, alternating between or mixing different pesticides and by integrated pest management. EU regulations have reduced the diversity of products on the market leaving agriculture vulnerable to resistance.

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