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Forestalling Pesticide, Antibiotic Resistance Possible, Theory Predicts

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August 22, 2001
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For years, farmers and agribusinesses have talked about being on the "pesticide treadmill": A few years after a pesticide is introduced, insects develop resistance to it. So another chemical is used — at least until the bugs overwhelm that one. Then another chemical is used. Then another. Then another. But Barry Pittendrigh, assistant professor of entomology at Purdue University, says it's possible to stop the treadmill, or at least slow it to a crawl.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For years, farmers and agribusinesses have talked about being on the "pesticide treadmill": A few years after a pesticide is introduced, insects develop resistance to it. So another chemical is used — at least until the bugs overwhelm that one.


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