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. 2017 Apr;73(4):672-677.
doi: 10.1002/ps.4457. Epub 2016 Dec 16.

Perspectives on the Agrochemical Industry and Agrochemical Discovery


Perspectives on the Agrochemical Industry and Agrochemical Discovery

Thomas C Sparks et al. Pest Manag Sci. .


Agrochemicals have been critical to the production of food and fiber, as well as the control of vectors of disease. The need for the discovery and development of new agrochemicals continues unabated due to the loss of existing products through the development of resistance, the desire for products with more favorable environmental and toxicological profiles, shifting pest spectra, and changing agricultural needs and practices. As presented in the associated analysis of the agrochemical industry, the rising costs and complexities of agrochemical discovery have, in part, led to increasing consolidation, especially in the USA and Europe. However, as demonstrated by the present analysis, the discovery of new agrochemicals continues in spite of the challenges. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry.

Keywords: agrochemical discovery; agrochemical industry; fungicide; herbicide; insecticide; pesticide discovery; resistance to pesticides.

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