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Pesticide formulations generally comprise three objectives: convenience of physical properties, ease of application, and biological activity. Economic necessity frequently dictates that a fourth objective, maximum utility (i.e., the fewest formulations for the greatest number of proposed uses), be considered. An overemphasis of the latter can result in significant reductions of overall pesticide performance, particularly in specialized applications. Several case histories of formulations are presented that demonstrate the advantages of proper definition and prioritization of the compromising criteria before initiation of formulation development.
granular carriers, granular pesticides, pesticides, pesticide application, pesticide exposure, pesticide formulations
Research Scientist, The Andersons, Maumee, OH