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Declaration of Ljubljana – The Impact of a Declining European Pesticide Portfolio on Resistance Management

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Over the last decade, the number of pesticides registered for sale in Europe has reduced by more than 50%, with only about 400 active ingredients remaining on the market. It is predicted that by the end of 2008 only 372 will remain on the market. While the number of active ingredients will have declined by an estimated 61% by the end of the year, it should be noted that many of the products which have already been removed from the market represent relatively specialised or less important uses. However, from a resistance management perspective, and especially from the point of view of minor crops, the decline in diversity of available chemistries for specific weeds, pests and diseases has in some cases been problematic. Unfortunately the trend looks set to continue, with the rate at which new active ingredients are being approved for use in Europe being ten times less than the rate at which "existing" pesticides are being removed from the market.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2008

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