“Silent spring” in the city: the drivers and impacts of urban insecticide use

  • Lowe, Lizzy (Primary Chief Investigator)

    Project: Other

    Project Details


    The dangers of indiscriminate insecticide use have been widely appreciated since the publication of “Silent Spring” in the 1960’s. While agricultural pest management has largely improved in the subsequent decades, insecticide use in cities is still excessive and largely unregulated, threatening both public and ecosystem health. My research integrates ecological and social research with applied management practice to quantify the impacts and drivers of insecticide use in cites. This project will connect Macquarie University researchers from multiple disciplines with local government, community and industry to develop insect management practices that support biodiversity conservation, public health and a sustainable pest control industry.
    Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/19