Pests can develop resistance to non-chemical control methods

By Richard Levine

Agricultural pests, such as insects and weeds, can be incredibly adept at developing resistance to control methods. When you mention the word “resistance,” most people probably think of pests becoming resistant to certain chemicals — weeds becoming herbicide resistant, or insects becoming resistant to insecticides, for example.

However, there are many other types of resistance. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, the 2014 recipient of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award, recently explained that weeds can become resistant to mechanical control methods — such as mowing or tilling.

See the rest of the story at Entomology Today.

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