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Back to the Future- Pest Management Without Methyl Bromide

The proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the production and use of methyl bromide has been well publicized by the media, trade journals, and growers' organizations. Soil fumigation for the production of bareroot tree seedlings is but one of many uses of this important chemical. Production of agricultural commodities such as strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and melons is also highly dependent on methyl bromide for eliminating soilborne pests in fields before planting. This fumigant is also used for postharvest treatment of stored fruits and nuts and for quarantine treatment of exported and imported fresh fruits and vegetables and other commodities. A ban on use of methyl bromide will have farreaching impacts on agricultural production in the United States and on U.S. trade with foreign countries.


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Author(s): Richard S. Smith, Jr., Stephen W. Fraedrich

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 44, Number 3 (1993)

Volume: 44

Number: 3

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