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Introduction and Pesticides 101

The citrus root weevil (Diaprepes abbreviatus) was introduced from the Caribbean to Florida in 1964 where it became a major citrus pest.

A pesticide is defined as any chemical that controls pests including weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), and plant diseases (fungicides).  Pest management systems and technology have been, for most of a century, one of the most dynamic, important, complex, and controversial aspects of life on the farm.

The efficacy of pest management systems, and the chemicals and practices within them, have huge impacts on:

  • Farm profitability;
  • The adequacy and quality of the food supply;
  • Non-target organisms and biodiversity;
  • Soil and water quality; and
  • Animal and human health.

And the pace of change is exploding both in pest management systems and technology, and our understanding of their impacts, both good and bad.  For this reason, Hygeia Analytics will share extensive information on the tools and data used to study the impacts and performance of pesticide management systems, and in particular, the pesticides used within them.

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