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Comprehensive R Archive Network

resevol: Simulate Agricultural Production and Evolution of Pesticide Resistance

Simulates individual-based models of agricultural pest management and the evolution of pesticide resistance. Management occurs on a spatially explicit landscape that is divided into an arbitrary number of farms that can grow one of up to 10 crops and apply one of up to 10 pesticides. Pest genomes are modelled in a way that allows for any number of pest traits with an arbitrary covariance structure that is constructed using an evolutionary algorithm in the mine_gmatrix() function. Simulations are then run using the run_farm_sim() function. This package thereby allows for highly mechanistic social-ecological models of the evolution of pesticide resistance under different types of crop rotation and pesticide application regimes.

Trends in Ecology and Evolution Opinion paper

Microbial biopesticides containing living parasites are valuable emerging crop protection technologies against insect pests, but they are vulnerable to resistance evolution. Fortunately, the fitness of alleles that provide resistance, including to parasites used in biopesticides, frequently depends on parasite identity and environmental conditions. This context-specificity suggests a sustainable approach to biopesticide resistance management through landscape diversification. To mitigate resistance risks, we advocate increasing the range of biopesticides available to farmers, whilst simultaneously encouraging other aspects of landscape-wide crop heterogeneity that can generate variable selection on resistance alleles. This approach requires agricultural stakeholders to prioritize diversity as well as efficiency, both within agricultural landscapes and the biocontrol marketplace.

University of Stirling Press Release

Agriculture needs fresh approach to tackle insect resistance to biopesticides, new analysis finds. Insect pests which attack crops have extraordinary powers to develop resistance to greener pesticides and a new way to manage resistance risks is needed, according to analysis by University of Stirling scientists.

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