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IPM reduces insecticide applications by 95% while maintaining or enhancing crop yields through wild pollinator conservation

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Food production and ecosystem sustainability are not necessarily conflicting goals according to a recent publication by Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette.

The 4 year experiment used commercial-scale fields replicated across multiple sites in the midwestern United States and evaluated the consequences of adopting integrated pest management (IPM) using pest thresholds compared with standard conventional management (CM). The study found that insecticide use can be dramatically reduced (by ∼95%) while maintaining or even increasing yields through the conservation of wild bees as crop pollinators.

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