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dc.description.abstractIntegrated pest management (IPM), or integrated pest control as it was originally known, is not a new concept. It was defined at an FAO symposium in 1965 as 'a pest population management system which utilises all suitable techniques in a compatible manner to reduce pest populations and maintain them at levels below those causing economic injury'. The need for IPM arose because of the problems associated with the use of broad spectrum pesticides, particularly the development of resistance in pests, residues in produce and environmental contamination. The main aim of IPM is to reduce the use of broad spectrum pesticides, but it does not exclude the strategic use of pesticides. The Australian cotton industry is currently heavily dependant on a wide range of chemical pesticides to control insect and mite pests. The use of these pesticides is extremely sophisticated by world standards, being based on detailed pest monitoring, highly efficient application and supported by a comprehensive resistance management strategy for major pests. The industry has progressed a long way from calendar spraying, but IPM is still in an embryonic stage. Some advances have been made, including the use of the biological insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), cultivation at the end of the season to destroy overwintering pupae of Helicoverpa (Heliothis) armigera,-
dc.titleConference booklet contents Seventh Australian Cotton Conference-
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