Assessing the Efficacy of Chemical Control Measures against Whitefly Infestations in Agricultural Systems

Authors

  • Dr. Naveed Iqbal School of Public Policy, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Prof. Aisha Malik Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
  • Dr. Waqar Ahmed Department of Communication Studies, Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Prof. Hina Khan Department of Education, Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (KIET), Pakistan

Keywords:

White fly, Pesticide, Chemical Control, Agriculture

Abstract

This research investigates the efficacy of chemical control measures against whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) infestations in agricultural systems. The study evaluates four widely used pesticides, including Confidor, Megamos, Matoi, and Imidacloprid, alongside a novel formulation, Seffina. Each pesticide treatment is assessed for its impact on whitefly populations, crop health, and overall agricultural sustainability. The experiment employs a randomized block design, with each treatment applied to designated plots within a representative agricultural setting. Monitoring includes regular assessments of whitefly population dynamics, crop damage, and beneficial insect populations to gauge the ecological impact of the chemical treatments. The study also examines potential resistance development and residue persistence. Preliminary findings suggest varying degrees of efficacy among the tested pesticides. Confidor and Seffina demonstrate promising control of whitefly populations, with minimal impact on non-target organisms. Megamos and Matoi exhibit moderate effectiveness, while Imidacloprid shows variability in performance. The research sheds light on the comparative effectiveness of these chemical control measures, providing valuable insights for integrated pest management strategies in combating whitefly infestations while minimizing environmental impact.

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Dr. Naveed Iqbal, Prof. Aisha Malik, Dr. Waqar Ahmed, & Prof. Hina Khan. (2023). Assessing the Efficacy of Chemical Control Measures against Whitefly Infestations in Agricultural Systems. Indus Journal of Social Sciences, 1(02), 24–29. Retrieved from https://induspublishers.com/IJSS/article/view/80