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Rational Pesticide Use

ProceedingsOut of Print

By: KJ Brent(Editor), RK Atkin(Editor)

348 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 1987 | #4955 | ISBN: 0521320682
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There is growing concern among scientists, farmers and the general public that pesticides are being applied ever more widely but with less and less discretion. Rational Pesticide Use brings together a range of experts to discuss how crop protection chemicals can be used more rationally, so as to maximise benefits in yield and quality while minimising environmental and economic costs. Rational Pesticide Use is based on the ninth Long Ashton Symposium and is organised into four sections. The first, environment, examines to what extent current pesticide use is affecting the environment and human welfare, and what changes in practice are justified. The second, application, assesses progress in performance and safety in the use of pesticides, while the next section, resistance, looks at problems and shortcomings arising from the appearance of resistant strains of pests, and considers strategies for surmounting these difficulties. The final section, forecast and pest management, asks whether existing methods of assessing risks are acceptable and seeks ways of rending decision making in crop protection more rational.


1. Natural selection in crop protection P. T. Haskell

Part I. Environment
2. Effects of pesticides on wildlife and priorities in future studies J. P. Dempster
3. Integrating chemical control with the activity of beneficial organisms S. A. Hassan
4. Environmental toxicology - its role in crop protection C. F. Wilkinson
5. Pesticide registration: benefit or bureaucracy? B. Thomas

Part II. Application
6. Requirements for effective and efficient pesticide application E. C. Hislop
7. The needs of application research in different countries E. Kersting
8. Basic phenomena active in electrostatic pesticide spraying S. E. Law
9. The efficient aerial application of sprays J. J. Spillman
10. Mathematical modelling in spray engineering research J. A. Marchant

Part III. Resistance
11. Fungicide resistance in crops - its practical significance and management K. J. Brent
12. Build-up and persistence of fungicide resistance J. Dekker
13. Resistance and hormoligosis as driving forces behind pest outbreaks V. Dittrich
14. Strategies for prevention of herbicide resistance in weeds J. Gressel
15. Pesticide resistance: strategies and co-operation in the agrochemical industry C. N. E. Ruscoe

Part IV. Forecasting and Pest Management
16. Decision theory and the economics of crop protection measures J. P. G. Webster
17. Rationality in pesticide use and the role of forecasting E. J. Tait
18. Advances in disease forecasting W. E. Fry
19. Potential opportunities for rational pest control in developing countries C. A. J. Putter
20. Forecasting annual crop pests: advantages and limitations Y. Robert
21. Practice and progress in pest forecasting T. Lewis
22. Progress towards rational weed control strategies G. W. Cussans, R. D. Cousens and B. J. Wilson
23. Advising the farmer on pesticide use: a viewpoint from the agrochemical industry J. O. Walker
24. Commercial implementation of forecast methods J. Wilson

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