Evolution of Resistance to Insecticides: The Role of Mathematical Models and Computer Simulations

  • Charles E. Taylor


Computers have become an important tool for scientific investigation in nearly all areas of science. In particular, the studies of ecology, resource management and pest control have been much affected by mathematical modeling and computer simulation. The widely heralded IBP and integrated pest management projects are only some of the most visible aspects of a transformation that is certain to continue. As yet, the study of resistance to insecticides has been less affected by mathematical modeling than these other areas, but several laboratories are now actively engaged in computer analysis of how such resistance has evolved and how it might be controlled. The number is certain to grow. Below I will review the principal studies of the evolution of insecticide resistance that have been published up to now and then speculate briefly where I think future work in this area might be most usefully directed.


Pest Control Insecticide Resistance Pesticide Resistance Visible Aspect Alfalfa Weevil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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