S-1024 Provides Insect Diseases As Safe Alternatives To Pesticides

Insect pests are an expensive problem for farmers, natural resource managers, and communities and are economic limitations to a safe and abundant food supply. The chemical pesticides commonly used to control these pests can also pose health risks to livestock, humans, and the environment when they enter soil and water. S-1024 scientists from various universities, industry representatives, and the USDA have established formal collaborations to study insect-specific pathogens and determine ways to effectively use insect diseases against target pests. By manipulating the environment the pests reside in and introducing the disease farmers and producers, consumers and the environment can all directly benefit from less property, crop and landscape damage as well as lower costs and reduced threats to human, livestock and environmental safety.

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