Essential Oils and Synthetic Pesticides

Authored by: Vasakorn Bullangpoti

Green Pesticides Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498759380
eBook ISBN: 9781315153131
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The environmental problems caused by the overuse of synthetic pesticides have been of concern in recent years. Thus, many scientists now need to research new, highly selective and biodegradable pesticides to solve problems and develop techniques that can be used to reduce pesticide use while maintaining crop yields (Koul et al., 2008). Essential oil compounds are an alternative to synthetic pesticides as a means to reduce the negative impacts to human health and the environment. They are safe and ecofriendly. Moreover, they are more compatible with environmental components than synthetic pesticides (Isman and Machial, 2006).

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