Biotechnology and integrated pest management by Gabrielle J Persley

By Gabrielle J Persley

Proponents of built-in Pest administration (IPM) recommend its use to lessen or dispose of using chemical insecticides in agriculture, considering over the top pesticide use could be a probability to either human overall healthiness and the surroundings. Proponents of biotechnology think that using novel items, akin to transgenic crops with insect resistance, will decrease the necessity for chemical insecticides. but the use of such novel items inside IPM structures can also create capability dangers. This quantity experiences such concerns and discusses the capability merits of and constraints to the functions of biotechnology in IPM structures, particularly in constructing nations. It additionally considers the comparable coverage concerns confronting decision-makers in nationwide agricultural study structures and foreign improvement companies. The ebook contains revised models of papers offered at a convention hosted by means of the Rockefeller beginning and held in Bellagio, Italy in October 1993.

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However, there are also obstacles of a non-technical nature which need to be confronted. Standardizing and simplifying the requirements to register pheromones for commercial use will encourage manufacturers to bring to market new products by reducing the costs associated with their registration. A willingness on the part of governments to promote alternative pest-control strategies will also encourage their use. In the case of pheromones, this may require education programmes to make growers aware of the benefits to be gained by using less pesticides, the provision of expertise to assist them in establishing and maintaining such 26 Max J.

1990). Felton and colleagues (Felton, 1991) have designed spray boom equipment, attaching a ‘green’ sensor with a solenoid control valve to each nozzle, which allows a reduction of 90% of herbicide usage on fallow weed control. The abundance of disease vectors, especially in Africa can be effectively I. 7: Needs-andOpportunities 21 reduced by a range of community-based control procedures. Curtis (1 99 1) describes an array of traps, as physical exclusion, and environmental modifications which succeed because of their simplicity and community participation.

Another valuable outcome of engineered dipterans would be increased efficiency of production of mutated strains for use in sterile release programmes. It is possible to envision flies being engineered to actually carry in their germ line and to secrete and disseminate virus that is pathogenic to themselves and other members of the same species when contacted through the oral route. These transformed insects would be 30 Max J. Whitten et al. expected to be highly effective as vectors, since they would go to the places that flies go and shed the virus at places where flies feed.

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