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Insects 2014, 5(1), 227-242; doi:10.3390/insects5010227

Resistance is not Futile: It Shapes Insecticide Discovery

1 Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia 2 Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia 
Received: 10 December 2013 / Revised: 14 January 2014 / Accepted: 17 January 2014 / Published: 23 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers 2013)
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Conventional chemical control compounds used for the management of insect pests have been much maligned, but still serve a critical role in protecting people and agricultural products from insect pests, as well as conserving biodiversity by eradicating invasive species. Although biological control can be an effective option for area-wide management of established pests, chemical control methods are important for use in integrated pest management (IPM) programs, as well as in export treatments, eradicating recently arrived invasive species, and minimizing population explosions of vectors of human disease. Cogitated research and development programs have continued the innovation of insecticides, with a particular focus on combating insecticide resistance. Recent developments in the fields of human health, protecting the global food supply, and biosecurity will be highlighted.
Keywords: agriculture; arbovirus vectors; biosecurity; conservation; malaria agriculture; arbovirus vectors; biosecurity; conservation; malaria
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