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Pest Management

  • By: Kezia Barker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The term pest management was coined by Australian entomologists in the mid 1960s to denote the active management of pests to human levels of tolerance. Pest management operates at scales from the individual farm to the national environment but has come to define explicit decision-making frameworks applied to prevent, reduce, or remove the impact of pests on production systems, human health, and the environment. Pest management therefore implies a coordinated management strategy with systematized decision making, in contrast to pest control, which refers to the set of actions applied to combat pests in the field. The historical and geographical variation in pest management concerns and regimes, the institutional and legislative frameworks for pest management, and the controversy surrounding pest management techniques are reviewed in ...

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