Feb 18, 2014 - Recent news around the world has focused on the dangers of antibiotic resistance. But what of another type of resistance which can also have a huge impact on the population: that to insecticides?
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the country's watchdog for human health. The CDC estimates over two-million illnesses and 23,000 deaths occurred in 2013 as a result of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and fungus.
Yet antibiotic resistance is not the only form of resistance we should be worrying about.
The concept of "resistance" also applies to another set of chemistry that we use to protect ourselves, our food supply, and our environment: insecticides. Recently, I published an article in the open-access journal Insects about how insecticide resistance shapes insecticide discovery.