Golf Course Management

JUL 2019

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.19 Mosquitoes show high resistance to common insecticide Sandra Avant Editor's note: There's good news and bad news. In this case, the bad news comes first, but you probably already knew it anyway. During summer in the United States, mosquitoes are generally regarded as an annoyance, but they pose a serious threat to public health around the world, carrying diseases like the Zika virus and malaria. The bad news is that they are increasingly becoming resistant to the chemicals that have been used to control them for decades. The good news is that scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in- house research agency (USDA-ARS), are hard at work developing bio-based products for controlling and repelling mosquitoes, in the hope of lessening the chances of severe disease outbreak. The following articles by the ARS describe research that was recently published or is currently in progress. The mosquito Aedes aegypti, which has become more common in Florida, is the main carrier of dengue, Zika virus and yellow fever worldwide. Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agriculture Research Service (D2623-3)

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