Vera Krischik

Vera KrischikPlant health and crop yields can be maximized with lower inputs of chemicals by conserving beneficial insects and pollinators that manage pest insects and increase yield thru pollination services. Integrated Pest Management is a program that utilizes multiple sustainable tactics including soil health, cover crops, cultural management, and pesticides, while conserving beneficial insects and pollinators. Systemic insecticides that accumulate in pollen and nectar offer risk to pollinators and beneficial insects, and many nontarget invertebrates and birds thru their accumulation in soil and water.  By quantifying the risks from systemic insecticides we can use the information to develop IPM programs that maintain yields, but also conserve beneficial insects and bees.

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services
Systemic insecticides
Beneficial insects
Bees