Insecticide resistance: Challenge to pest management and basic research

L. B. Brattsten, C. W. Holyoke, J. R. Leeper, K. F. Raffa

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Abstract

The agricultural use of synthetic insecticides usually protects crops but imposes strong selection pressures that can result in the development of resistance. The most important resistance mechanisms are enhancement of the capacity to metabolically detoxify insecticides and alterations in target sites that prevent insecticides from binding to them. Insect control methods must incorporate strategies to minimize resistance development and preserve the utility of the insecticides. The most promising approach, integrated pest management, includes the use of chemical insecticides in combination with improved cultural and biologically based techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1255-1260
Number of pages6
JournalScience
Volume231
Issue number4743
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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