The overall aim of the project is to maintain effective chemical control of economically important pests of agriculture. The project will aid in safeguarding the existing arsenal of pesticides against resistance to secure crop production and the earning capacity of Danish agriculture.
The objective of the project is to describe the microevolutionary process of pesticide resistance development in weeds, pest insects and fungal plant pathogens, and develop a model to assess pesticide resistance risk based on objective and measurable criteria.
This new knowledge of management in the context evolutionary ecology should be transferred to anti-resistance strategies and resistance risk management to the relevant users. This will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of pesticides, reducing the amount of pesticides used, decreasing the environmental impact of pesticide usage, increase the longevity of products on the market, as well as increase the possibility of establishing integrated pest management plans.
The project will establish the foundation of evolution-proof pest management; a basic understanding of the processes leading to the development of pesticide resistance. The project will illustrate the importance of major and minor resistance genes and the interaction that takes place between them in the microevolutionary process.