Pesticide mode of action codes to aid strawberry growers in developing control programs to manage pest resistance

Elzie Mccord Jr., James F. Price, Curtis A. Nagle


The development of resistance to pesticides used in strawberry production has caused problems for growers trying to produce more abundant, high quality, economically competitive strawberries in Florida. Presently, there are approximately 23 pesticide active ingredients with approximately 13 different modes of action available for arthropod control in Florida strawberries. Resistance management requires growers to consider pesticide mode of action as a major factor in rotational schedules. Mode of action information is not usually found on product labels or in informational fact sheets, making it difficult for growers to develop control programs with emphasis on arthropod resistance management. We have developed a coding system that identifies pesticide modes of action that can assist growers in developing control programs that emphasize resistance management. Growers who rotate among pesticides with different modes of action can enhance the long-term viability of strawberry pesticides.


insecticides; resistance management; pesticides

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283