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David B. Orr, Iowa State University

Start Date

19-12-1990 12:00 AM

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Chemical insecticides are the standard means for reducing populations of insect pests in agricultural and horticultural settings. However, government regulations are restricting the use of a variety of pesticides for many agricultural uses. The requirement of registration for all pesticides labelled before 1984 has already resulted in the cancellation of approximately 20,000 pesticide registrations in 1989. In addition, pest resistance to insecticides (over 400 species), and an increased sensitivity in the general public to possible environmental and health hazards are forcing the agricultural industry to search for alternatives to chemical control.

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Dec 19th, 12:00 AM

Biological Pest Controls: Possibilities for Improved Implementation in Iowa

Chemical insecticides are the standard means for reducing populations of insect pests in agricultural and horticultural settings. However, government regulations are restricting the use of a variety of pesticides for many agricultural uses. The requirement of registration for all pesticides labelled before 1984 has already resulted in the cancellation of approximately 20,000 pesticide registrations in 1989. In addition, pest resistance to insecticides (over 400 species), and an increased sensitivity in the general public to possible environmental and health hazards are forcing the agricultural industry to search for alternatives to chemical control.