A short history of insecticides
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Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University, Academician Vernadsky Ave. 4, 95007 Simferopol, Ukraine
Crimea State Medical S.I. Georgievsky University, Lenin Ave. 5/7, 95006 Simferopol, Ukraine
All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry, Institutskaya Street 15, Pushkino 141200, Russia
Submission date: 2015-04-12
Acceptance date: 2015-06-29
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2015;55(3):221–226
This review contains a brief history of the use of insecticides. The peculiarities, main advantages, and disadvantages of some modern insecticides are described. The names of the discoverers of some of the most popular insecticide preparations on the world market, are listed. The tendencies to find new insecticides to control the quantity of phytophagous insects are discussed. Special attention is paid to the perspective of creating preparations based on nucleic acids, in particular DNA insecticides. The use of insect-specific, short single-stranded DNA fragments as DNA insecticides, is paving the way in the field of “intellectual” insecticides that “think” before they act. It is worth noting, though, that in the near future, the quantity of produced insecticides will increase due to the challenges associated with food production for a rapidly growing population. It is concluded, that an agreeable interaction of scientists and manufacturers of insecticides should lead to the selection of the most optimal solutions for insect pest control, which would be safe, affordable, and effective at the same time.
Aleksei Sergeevich Zaitsev
Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University, Academician Vernadsky Ave. 4, 95007 Simferopol, Ukraine
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