BIOTECHNOLOGY IN CROP PROTECTION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INSECT CONTROL

  • Martin G. Edwards
  • Angharad M. R. Gatehouse
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-5799-1_1

Part of the NATO Security through Science Series book series
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Edwards M.G., Gatehouse A.M. (2007) BIOTECHNOLOGY IN CROP PROTECTION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INSECT CONTROL. In: Vurro M., Gressel J. (eds) Novel Biotechnologies for Biocontrol Agent Enhancement and Management. NATO Security through Science Series. Springer, Dordrecht

Abstract

With a projected increase in world population to 10 billion over the next four decades, an immediate priority for agriculture is to achievemaximum production of food and other products in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and cost effective. Whilst insecticides are very effective in combating the immediate problem of insect attack on crops, nonspecific insecticides are harmful to beneficial organisms including predators and parasitoids of the target pest species.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin G. Edwards
    • 1
  • Angharad M. R. Gatehouse
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, Division of BiologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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