International Sugar Journal

Effect of pesticides on microarthropods in sugarcane soils* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Three experiments were set up to determine whether two of the pesticides that are widely used in the sugarcane industry are detrimental to soil microarthropods. A particular focus was the effect of the pesticides on mesostigmatid mites, as they are nematophagous and help regulate populations of the nematode pests that cause damage to sugarcane. An experiment with liquid formulations of imidacloprid and bifenthrin was established at one site, while the effects of a controlled release formulation of imidacloprid were examined at two other sites. In the experiments where sugarcane was planted, the pesticides were applied to the planting furrow…

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