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Toxins 2010, 2(8), 1943-1962; doi:10.3390/toxins2081943

Natural Toxins for Use in Pest Management

Natural Products Utilization, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 8048, University, MS 38677, USA
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Received: 3 June 2010 / Revised: 15 July 2010 / Accepted: 26 July 2010 / Published: 29 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Toxicity of Natural Products)
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Abstract

Natural toxins are a source of new chemical classes of pesticides, as well as environmentally and toxicologically safer molecules than many of the currently used pesticides. Furthermore, they often have molecular target sites that are not exploited by currently marketed pesticides. There are highly successful products based on natural compounds in the major pesticide classes. These include the herbicide glufosinate (synthetic phosphinothricin), the spinosad insecticides, and the strobilurin fungicides. These and other examples of currently marketed natural product-based pesticides, as well as natural toxins that show promise as pesticides from our own research are discussed.
Keywords: algicide; fungicide; herbicide; insecticide; molluscicide; pesticide algicide; fungicide; herbicide; insecticide; molluscicide; pesticide
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Duke, S.O.; Cantrell, C.L.; Meepagala, K.M.; Wedge, D.E.; Tabanca, N.; Schrader, K.K. Natural Toxins for Use in Pest Management. Toxins 2010, 2, 1943-1962.

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