Journal article

Sustainable pest management for cotton production. A review

Jean-Philippe Deguine, Pierre Ferron, Derek Russell

AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | SPRINGER FRANCE | Published : 2008

Abstract

Cotton cultivation, often highlighted for its excessive consumption of plant protection products, is taken as a model to illustrate the development of the ideas and practices of crop protection over the last 50 years. Cotton is grown in 69 countries on 30-35 million hectares and the production exceeded 20 million tones of lint in recent years. Despite the continual improvement in the performance of chemical control strategies, harvest losses remain very high, of about 30%. The largest consumer of pesticides in the world, the cotton production system has the advantage of having been an experimental model for many crop protection programmes under various agronomic conditions and in the presenc..

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