The application of an insecticide to the soil, either as a seed treatment or as a direct application, is designed to either control soil borne insect pests or provide systemic control of pests above the ground. The general principles of resistance management apply to seed and soil treatments, as with foliar applied insecticides, however there are some additional factors that should be considered as outlined the the latest statement from IRAC titled: IRAC International statement on the resistance management considerations of utilizing soil & seed applied insecticides
IRAC held their 49th International Spring Meeting at the Hamner Conference Center, Research Triangle Park, NC hosted by BASF and Bayer CropScience on 17-20 March 2014. There were 9 sessions held over the 4 days including various working group planning meetings, a meeting of the IRAC Executive, and an “International Day” with four invited guest speakers. Presentations from the ‘International Day’ can be found on the IRAC website Resources Page by filtering for Spring Meeting 2014. In addition to the normal topics it was also a celebration of the 30th anniversary since the formation of IRAC in 1984.
IRAC held their 48th International Spring Meeting at Syngenta’s Research Centre in the UK on 18-22 March 2013. There were 12 session held over the 5 days including various working group planning meetings, a meeting of the IRAC Executive, and an “International Day’ with a session of guest speakers covering different aspects of resistance and resistance management. Presentations from the ‘International Day’ can be found on the IRAC website Resources Page and by filtering for Spring Meeting 2013
After several months development IRAC has launched its new website on schedule. The site provides a reorganisation of IRAC’s resistance managment information arranged by International Working Group and Country Group. It has a new modern look based on the WordPress content managment platform with greater focus on current informtion in news posts but still with links to popular educational material such as the MOA classification scheme and posters.
The next IRAC International Spring Meeting will be hosted by CropLife America in their offices in Washington DC. Plans for the meeting and agenda are being developed by the Executive Committee. IRAC members please mark the dates in your diaries!
Company membership of the IRAC Executive remains at 15 but there has been welcomed interest expressed from further companies in Japan. There has also been interest in forming new resistance Country Groups (CGs) in France and Argentina although this is still in the early stages and the type of group and format is still being discussed. Companies interested in joining IRAC International should make contact with an IRAC member or the coordinator via the website.For further details and the IRAC structure click here.