Designing resistance management programs: How can you choose?

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A list of often‐discussed resistance management tactics is critically reviewed. Alteration of insecticides across generations, non‐persistent formulations, and the use of pesticides conferring only low magnitudes of resistance seem to be among the most promising tactics for general use in resistance management. Justifying the first two choices usually requires little more than data on product persistence in terms of toxic effect on susceptible individuals under field conditions. The last tactic requires additional information on resistance ratios for resistant and susceptible genotypes under field exposure. The efficacy of pesticide mixtures is highly dependent on equal persistence of both compounds used in the mixture. The number of genes involved in resistance and the fitness disadvantages they may confer in the absence of use appear to be of relatively little significance in choosing management tactics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-441
Number of pages19
JournalPesticide Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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