- Focus Areas
- Agricultural Pest Management
- Ecology/Biological Control
- Evolutionary Biology
- Freshwater and Estuarine Entomology
- Insect Pathology
- Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
- Organic Agriculture
- Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
- Urban, Structural, and Green Industries Pest Management
- Research Partners
- Research Opportunities
- Fall 2013 Colloquium
- Focus Areas
Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
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Assessment of pesticide use patterns and trends, and the identification of potential health and environmental impacts as well as methods to mitigate adverse effects are the first steps in understanding the problems of pesticide use that accompany the benefits of these products.
LocationThe University of Maryland College Park is located in a sensitive area with regard to potential pesticide impacts. Maryland has a diverse agricultural system that impinges on the Chesapeake Bay and increasingly borders on urban areas. Both agricultural and urban pesticide application have the potential for contamination of the environment if proper pesticide application practices are not followed.
Decreasing pesticide exposure of humans and the environment can be accomplished through improving applicator education and formulation of sound pesticide policies. New and emerging problems such as development of pesticide resistance and new human and environmental safety concerns also shape the direction of Entomology research, extension, and instructional programs.