Journal article

Reducing Insecticide Use in Broad-Acre Grains Production: An Australian Study

Sarina Macfadyen, Darryl C Hardie, Laura Fagan, Katia Stefanova, Kym D Perry, Helen E DeGraaf, Joanne Holloway, Helen Spafford, Paul A Umina

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014


Prophylactic use of broad-spectrum insecticides is a common feature of broad-acre grains production systems around the world. Efforts to reduce pesticide use in these systems have the potential to deliver environmental benefits to large areas of agricultural land. However, research and extension initiatives aimed at decoupling pest management decisions from the simple act of applying a cheap insecticide have languished. This places farmers in a vulnerable position of high reliance on a few products that may lose their efficacy due to pests developing resistance, or be lost from use due to regulatory changes. The first step towards developing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies involv..

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Awarded by Grains Research and Development Corporation

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (project UWA00134). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.