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Pesticide dosing must be guided by ecological principles

Insecticide use could be reduced if dose recommendations move from a toxicological perspective (how much is needed to kill an insect pest) to an ecological perspective (how much is needed to protect a crop).

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Fig. 1: Examples of dose–response mortality curves for insects.


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Colin, T., Monchanin, C., Lihoreau, M. et al. Pesticide dosing must be guided by ecological principles. Nat Ecol Evol 4, 1575–1577 (2020).

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