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1 Pest Management Classes, Functions, Methods

2 Pests – 100 species cause 90% of damage Any organism that interferes in some way with human welfare or activities

3 PROTECTING FOOD RESOURCES: PEST MANAGEMENT Organisms found in nature (such as spiders) control populations of most pest species as part of the earth’s free ecological services. Figure Spiders kill far more insects than insecticides do

4 PROTECTING FOOD RESOURCES: PEST MANAGEMENT We use chemicals to repel or kill pest organisms as plants have done for millions of years. 1600’s – nicotine from tobacco 1800’s – pyrethrum from chrysanthemum flower Chemists have developed hundreds of chemicals (pesticides) that can kill or repel pests. Pesticides vary in their persistence. Each year > 250,000 people in the U.S. become ill from household pesticides.

5 PEST MANAGEMENT: Conventional chemical pesticides 25% - non agriculture use (lawns, golf courses, etc) Average lawn gets 10x more per acre than cropland Figure 13-28

6 Classification of Pesticides Specific Types:

7 Herbicides A toxic chemical that kills plants

8 Insecticides A toxic chemical that kills insects

9 Other Pesticides Rodenticides A toxic chemical that kills rodents Fungicides A toxic chemical that kills fungi Nematicides A toxic chemical that kills nematodes (roundworms) Algaecides A toxic chemical that kills algae Bactericides A toxic chemical that kills bacteria Piscicides A toxic chemical that kills fish (unwanted species)

10 Characteristics: Composed of compounds that retain their toxicity for long periods of time. They work their way up the food chain through animals and may accumulate in their fatty tissues and stay indefinitely. Hard/Persistent Pesticides DDT and many other chlorinated hydrocarbons. Examples

11 Characteristics Reduced-risk pesticides. They are short-term and don’t harm the environment or man. Soft Pesticides soaps, oils, plant extracts, baking soda, and dish liquid. Examples

12 Chemical Classes of Pesticides

13 Organochlorines (chlorides) Hard/persistent Toxic in the long term Not very toxic in the short-term Ex. DDT

14 Organophosphates Hard/not persistent Highly toxic in the short term – nerve agent They require very specific safety equipment for application. Ex. Parathion

15 Carbamates Soft/not persistent Not as toxic as the other two Most of the over-the-counter pesticides. Ex. Sevin Dust

16 Historical Use of Pesticides Natural Pesticides – pyrethrins (from chrysanthemums); sulfur and garlic Synthetic Pesticides – Used during and after WWII and today.

17 Benefits of Pesticide Usage

18 Disease Control Save human lives Prevent insect-transmitted diseases, such as malaria (anapheles mosquito), bubonic plague (rat fleas), typhus (body lice & fleas), & sleeping sickness (tsetse fly).

19 Food Production Increase food supplies and lower food costs. About 55% of the world’s food supply is lost to pests before (35%) and after (20%) harvest. These losses would be worse and food prices would rise.

20 Fiber Production Crops such as cotton Kills pests like the cotton boll weevil.

21 Efficiency When Compared to Alternatives Pesticides control most pests quickly and at a reasonable cost. They have a long shelf life Easily shipped and applied Are safe when handled properly. When genetic resistance occurs, farmers can use stronger doses or switch to other pesticides. Proponents feel they are safer than the alternative

22 Development of Safer Pesticides such as botanicals and micro-botanicals safer to users and less damaging to the environment. Genetic engineering holds promise in developing pest-resistant crop strains. It is very expensive to develop these, so they are only doing it for large-market crops like wheat, corn, and soybeans.

23 Problems Associated with Pesticide Usage

24 Genetic Resistance Pesticide use accelerates development of resistant organisms Pests breed quickly Creates pesticide “treadmill” - having to use more pesticides that will continue to have less effect

25 Pesticide Treadmill

26 Superbugs Genetic resistance to pesticides. Insects breed rapidly; within 5-10 years (sooner in tropics) they can develop immunity to pesticides and come back stronger than before. Weeds and plant-disease organisms also become resistant. 520 insect and mite species, 273 weed species, 150 plant diseases, and 10 rodent species (mostly rats) have developed genetic resistance to pesticides. At least 17 insect pest species are resistant to all major classes of insecticides

27 Superpests Superpests are resistant to pesticides. Superpests like the silver whitefly (left) challenge farmers as they cause > $200 million per year in U.S. crop losses. Figure 13-29

28 Case Study: Growing Germ Resistance to Antibiotics Rapidly producing infectious bacteria are becoming genetically resistant to widely used antibiotics due to: Genetic resistance: Spread of bacteria around the globe by humans, overuse of pesticides which produce pesticide resistant insects that carry bacteria. Overuse of antibiotics: A 2000 study found that half of the antibiotics used to treat humans were prescribed unnecessarily.

29 Formation of New Pests Turning of minor pest into major pests. The natural predators, parasites, & competitors of a pest may be killed by a pesticide it allows the pest population to rebound. EX. DDT to control insect pests on lemon trees caused an outbreak of a scale insect (a sucking insect that attacks plants) that had not been a problem.

30 Impact on Non-target Organisms Pesticides don’t stay put. The USDA says that only 2% of the insecticides from aerial or ground spraying actually reaches the target pests Only 5% of herbicides applied to crops reaches the target weeds. They end up in the environment

31 Food/Water Contamination Pesticides run off into our water as we spray for bugs & stay on our food. Can harm wildlife and threaten human health Ex. Dirty dozen/clean 15 lists Apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches, spinach

32 Persistence Many pesticides stay in the environment for a very long time. Ex. Biomagnification of DDT Increase severity higher up in the food chain.

33 Bioaccumulation/Biomagnification Increase in the concentration of a chemical in specific organs or tissues at a level higher than normal. Stored in body fat and can be passed along to offspring. Usually a concern to organisms higher on the food chain.

34 Bioaccumulation an increased concentration of a chemical within an organism over time The same 3 fish as they grow over lifetime

35 Biomagnification Biomagnification- the increase in a chemical concentration in animal tissues as the chemical moves up the food chain.

36 Minamata, Japan Mental impairments, birth defects, and deaths were caused by mercury. The mercury dumped in Minamata Bay by a factory entered humans through their diet of fish.

37 Pesticide Poisoning (Toxicity) Short-term exposure to high levels of pesticides can result in harm to organs and even death (Acute) Long-term exposure to lower levels of pesticides can cause cancer. (Chronic) Children are at a greater risk than adults.

38 Symptoms Nausea, vomiting, and headaches. More serious can result in damage to the nervous system & other body organs. Pesticide Poisoning The W.H.O. estimates that more than 3 million people are poisoned by pesticides each year, & about 220,000 die. Examples

39 Carcinogen National Cancer Institute Pesticides have been shown to cause lymphomas, leukemia, brain, lung, and testicular cancers. The issue of whether certain pesticides cause breast cancer remains unresolved Researchers have noted a correlation between a high level of pesticides in the breast's fatty tissue and cancer.

40 How Pesticides Function

41 LD-50 (Median Lethal Dose) The LD-50 is the amount of pesticide it will take, in one dose, to kill ½ of all the target organisms (usually rats & mice). Use of dose-response analysis exposes organisms to different concentrations of toxins. Threshold dose occurs once there is a negative effect

42 Nervous System Some interfere with the nervous system, cause uncontrollable muscle twitching or paralysis. Some are nervous system poisons. Ex. Spectracide, Nicotine, DDT, Dursban, & Diazinon.

43 Photosynthesis Some pesticides inhibit photosynthesis and prevent chlorophyll formation. Ex. Stampede, Pyrazon.

44 Smothering The vapors kill the pest by suffocating the animal. Soap can smother soft bodies of insects. Ex. flea collars, pest strip, and soap.

45 Dehydration Dehydration uses the fossilized remains of tiny, one-celled organisms called diatoms. It kills insects by scratching their wax outer covering and causing them to dehydrate. This is a soft pesticide.

46 Inhibition of Blood Clotting Other types of pesticides cause animals (especially rats) to bleed to death by preventing their blood from clotting.

47 The Ideal Pesticide The ideal pest-killing chemical has these qualities: Kill only target pest. Not cause genetic resistance in the target organism. Disappear or break down into harmless chemicals after doing its job. Inexpensive. There is no such product - always trade-offs

48 EPA The EPA & USDA & FDA are responsible for the overseeing the laws. Pesticides and the Law

49 Research Pesticide companies must use 3 methods to determine pesticides health threats: Case Reports – (made to physicians) about people suffering from adverse health effects Laboratory Investigations – (usually on animals) to determine toxicity, residence time, what parts of the body are affected and how the harm takes place. Epidemiology – (in populations of humans exposed) used to find why some people get sick while others do not

50 Days to Harvest The last day you can spray crops before you harvest them for human consumption.

51 Restrictions The EPA sets a tolerance level specifying the amount of toxic pesticide residue that can legally remain on the crop when the consumer eats it.

52 FFDCA Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Strengthened in 1996 Sets pesticide tolerance levels

53 FIFRA The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act It was first established in 1947 & revised as recently as States what must be on a pesticide label & requires registration of all pesticides.

54 Label Requirements the brand name the ingredient statement the percentage or amount of active ingredient(s) by weight the net contents of the container the name and address of the manufacturer Registration and establishment numbers Signal words and symbols Precautionary statement Statement of practical treatment Environmental hazard statement Classification statement Directions for use Re-entry statement Harvesting and/or grazing restrictions Storage and disposal statement.

55 FQPA Food Quality Protection Act Established in 1996 Amends both FIFRA and FFDCA.

56 Problems with enforcement Lack of time and money to test all compounds Inadequate enforcement Pre-1972 pesticides don’t have as strict standards Banned or unregistered pesticides can be shipped to other countries Imported food may have unsafe levels of pesticide residue

57 Rachel Carson lived from 1907 to She published her famous work Silent Spring in 1962.(no birds left to sing) Increased public awareness of dangers of pesticide use Resulted in DDT ban in US Grassroot environmental movement Formation of EPA Rachel Carson

58 Contributions... it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for life? They should not be called insecticides, but biocides.” Silent Spring heightened public awareness and concern about the dangers of uncontrolled use of DDT and other pesticides, including poisoning wildlife and contaminating human food supplies.


60 Fig , p. 299 What Can You Do? Reducing Exposure to Pesticides Grow some of your food using organic methods. Buy organic food. Wash and scrub all fresh fruits, vegetables, and wild foods you pick. Eat less or no meat. Trim the fat from meat.

61 A limited use of pesticides along with other practices. Not a complete elimination of pesticide Important as a form of pollution prevention – reduces risk to wildlife and humans Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

62 Other Ways to Control Pests There are cultivation, biological, and ecological alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides. Fool the pest through cultivation practices. Provide homes for the pest enemies. Implant genetic resistance. Bring in natural enemies. Use pheromones to lure pests into traps. Use hormones to disrupt life cycles.

63 Integrated Pest Management Intercropping: peas and corn Integrated pest management (IPM) describes pest control practices where each crop and its pests are evaluated as part of an ecological system. A program is developed that includes crop management (e.g. intercropping or polyculture where multiple types of plants are planted together), and biological and chemical controls. The aim is not to eradicate pest populations, but to reduce crop damage to an economically tolerable level. An increasing number of pest control experts and farmers believe IPM is the best way to control crop pests because of the many different methods that are used.

64 IPM involves several phases. Crop management and monitoring of pest levels are ongoing. When crop damage becomes unacceptable, farmers implement the following control measures in sequence and with the proper timing. Stage 1: Cultivation controls, such as hand weeding and vacuuming crops to remove insect pests. Stage 2: Biological controls, such as pheromone traps, and natural predators, parasites, and disease organisms. Stage 3: Targeted pesticide use (chemical controls), mostly based on natural insecticides. Different chemicals are used to slow the development of resistance. Stages in IPM Cereal Research Centre, AAFC Hand weeding Pheromone trap

65 Physical This includes rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, planting pest-free rootstock, and vacuuming up harmful bugs.

66 Other Ways to Control Pests Biological pest control: Wasp parasitizing a gypsy moth caterpillar. Figure 13-31

67 Predators/Parasites Using natural predators & parasites to control population of pests.

68 Biological control (biocontrol) is a management tool for controlling pests using parasites, predators, disease organisms. Control agents with a botanical or microbial origin (e.g. Bt toxin) are classified as biopesticides. Biological control is an important part of IPM but it is not risk free. Some biocontrol agents may even become pests themselves attacking beneficial species. The cane toad (right) was introduced to Australia to control gray cane beetle and is now a major threat to native wildlife by displacing native species. Biological Pest Control Photo: Ian Smith Ladybugs are voracious predators of aphids Cane toad

69 Diseases Using disease organisms (bacteria and viruses) to control pests.

70 Natural Repellants Garlic, sulfur, pyrethrins (from chrysanthemums) to help control pests.

71 Microbials Used for insect wars, especially by organic farmers. EX. The Bacillus thruingensis (Bt) toxin is a registered pesticide sold commercially as a dry powder. Each of the thousands of strains of this common soil bacteria kills a specific pest.

72 Timing of Application Adjusting planting times so that major insect pests either starve or get eaten by their natural predators.

73 Type of Crops Switching from vulnerable monocultures to intercroping, agroforestry, and polyculture, which use plant diversity to reduce losses to pests.

74 Photodegradable Plastics Using plastic that degrades slowly in sunlight to keep weeds from sprouting between crops.

75 Pheromones Synthesized bug sex attractant used to lure pests into traps or attract their predators.

76 Genetic Methods GMO- Genetically Modified Organism Can be controversial Banned in Europe

77 Genetically Modified The process of making a genetically modified organism. ‣ Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically modified foods (GMFs) have environmental advantages: Higher yields per acre and thus less land is needed. Permits low tillage which reduces soil erosion, energy consumption and water loss. Lower fertilizer requirement, drought, disease, frost, salinity and pest resistance. ‣ Disadvantages: Resistance may impact beneficial insects Native plant diversity impacted Higher yields require higher inputs of herbicides and pesticides Lower genetic variability

78 Other Ways to Control Pests Genetic engineering can be used to develop pest and disease resistant crop strains. Both tomato plants were exposed to destructive caterpillars. The genetically altered plant (right) shows little damage. Figure 13-32

79 Resistant Crops Plants and animals that are resistant to certain pest insects, fungi, and diseases can be developed. This can take 10 to 20 years. Genetic engineering is now helping to speed up this process through the development of transgenic crops.

80 Sterilization Males of some insect species can be raised in the laboratory, sterilized by radiation or chemicals, and released into an infested area to mate unsuccessfully with fertile wild females. Males are sterilized rather than females because the male insects mate several times, whereas the females only mate once.

81 Sterilization: Screw worm Fly lays flesh eating maggots in wounds of animals…really gross! modern cattle industry provided many thousands of cows as potential hosts for the fly serious outbreak in the southern US in 1934 resulted in over 1.3 million cases of infestation and the death of over 200,000 animals. During 1959, about two billion male screwworm flies sterilized by gamma-irradiation were released in FL similar program was initiated in the southwestern states in 1962 and later along the Texas-Mexico border These efforts involved the release of as many as one billion sterile male flies every year The screwworm was declared eradicated in the United States by 1966


83 No Pesticide Use Organic Farming

84 Advantages of Organic Farming Traditional haymaking, Ireland Advantages of organic farming include: Farmers can still make use of new high yielding crop varieties (right). Produce is pesticide free and produced sustainably. Crop type is more closely matched to the appropriate season and soil. Increases crop diversity and disrupts disease and pest cycles. Improves soil quality and structure, reducing nutrient and water loss. Decreased fossil fuels, climate impacts, extraction impacts, and air pollutants

85 Disadvantages of Organic Farming Organic produce Muck spreading The disadvantages of organic farming include: Yields are lower and more land is required for the same yield. Produce may be more expensive to buy, of reduced quality and with a shorter shelf life. Consumer choice may be restricted if out of season. There may be considerable bacterial contamination of produce due to high use of manures.

86 Image:Global Crop Diversity Trust Photo:Global Crop Diversity Trust Mari Tefre Svalbard International Seed Vault Living Fort Knox: designed to protect the specimens from catastrophic events, used to replenish national seed banks. Some crops, such as peas, may only survive for years. Others, such as sunflowers and grain crops, are understood to last for many decades or even hundreds of years.

87 Image:Global Crop Diversity Trust Photo:Global Crop Diversity Trust Mari Tefre Svalbard International Seed Vault The Svalbard International Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, 1000km from the North pole is one of the world’s newest seed vaults. It accepted its first seeds on the 26th of February It is built into the side of a sandstone mountain, surrounded by permafrost and cooled to -18 o C. The vault has meter thick walls, two air locks and blast-proof doors.

88 An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term. Sustainable Agriculture High yield polyculture Organic fertilizers Biological pest control Integrated pest management Irrigation efficiency Perennial crops Crop rotation Use of more water-efficient crops Soil conservation Subsidies for more sustainable farming and fishing Soil erosion Salinization Aquifer depletion Overgrazing and overfishing Loss of biodiversity Loss of prime cropland Food waste Population growth Poverty Subsidies for unsustainable farming and fishing More Less

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