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The Insecticide Resistance Mode of Action Educational Initiative. Stephen J. Toth, Jr. Thomas E. Anderson Southern Region IPM Center Senior Research Entomologist North Carolina State University FMC Corporation. Photo by Scott Bauer. Insecticide Resistance Management.
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The Insecticide Resistance Mode of Action Educational Initiative Stephen J. Toth, Jr. Thomas E. Anderson Southern Region IPM Center Senior Research Entomologist North Carolina State University FMC Corporation Photo by Scott Bauer
Insecticide Resistance Management • Alternation, sequences or rotation of insecticides from groups with different modes of action can provide an effective approach to IRM in cases where resistance is the result of altered target sites - Insecticide Resistance Action Committee Photo by Jack Bacheler
How do growers properly alternate insecticides to avoid or delay the onset of resistance?
Insecticide Resistance Action Committee • IRAC formed in 1984 to provide coordinated industry response to insect and mite resistance • Mission Statement: * Facilitate communication and education on insecticide resistance * Promote the development of resistance management strategies in crop protection and vector control to maintain efficacy and support sustainable agriculture and improved public health
Insecticide Resistance Action Committee • IRAC has developed a mode of action classification scheme for insecticides and acaricides • Purpose is to provide growers, advisors, Extension staff, consultants and crop protection professionals with a guide to selection of insecticides and acaricides in an effective and sustainable IRM program
Development of IRM Fact Sheet • In 2004, the Southern Region IPM Center and IRAC developed an IRM fact sheet with insecticide mode of action classification scheme • Targeted to growers, county Extension agents, consultants and others involved in managing insect and mite pests Photo by Jack Bacheler
Southern Region IPM Center Web Site http://www.sripmc.org/IRACMOA/
Distribution of IRM Fact Sheet • IRAC funded the printing of 15,000 copies of the IRM fact sheets • In January 2005, the Southern Region IPM Center distributed 1,000 copies to its partner institutions for use in Extension programs • Eventual incorporation of the insecticide mode of action classification scheme into state Extension publications (i.e., crop production guides, agricultural chemical recommendations, IPM manuals)
Use of the IRM Fact Sheet • Field days, meetings and scouting schools • Pesticide applicator re-certification classes • IPM training schools and short courses • University courses (e.g., economic entomology) Photo by Dan Mott
Acknowledgments • Insecticide Resistance Action Committee: Graham Head, Caydee Savinelli, Bruce Stanley and Gary Thompson • Southern Region IPM Center: Jim VanKirk (Director), Ron Stinner (Associate Director), Jennifer Hodorowicz (Writer/Editor) and State Contacts at Land-grant universities