Submitted to: Corn Dry Milling Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 3, 2005
Publication Date: July 15, 2005
Citation: Slininger, P.J. 2005. Biological solutions to crop protection: A shift from the chemical paradigm. In: Kendra, D., Harper, R., editors. Corn Dry Milling Conference Proceedings. North American Millers Associaton, June 2-3, 2005, Peoria, IL. p. 12.
The traditional use of single mode of action chemicals has resulted in the development of resistance to a wide range of pesticides in a large number of insects, mites, plant pathogens, and weeds. Use of natural biological agents is a valuable alternative strategy which slows the development of resistance mechanisms in target pests because multiple modes of action often come into play. Beneficial micro-organisms, natural products, macro-organisms, semiochemicals, and genes are all tools in our pest biocontrol tool box. Examples of each type are pursued in Crop BioProtection research programs at NCAUR; and key aspects of discovery, mode of action, and development for commercial applications will be presented.