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Current Challenges and Trends in the Discovery of Agrochemicals

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Science  16 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6147, pp. 742-746
DOI: 10.1126/science.1237227

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Abstract

Crop protection chemistry has come a long way from its “alchemic” beginnings in the late 19th century to a high-tech science that supports the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber for a rapidly growing population. Cutting-edge developments in the design and synthesis of agrochemicals help to tackle today’s challenges of weed and pest resistance, higher regulatory safety margins, and higher cost of goods with the invention of selective, environmentally benign, low use rate, and cost-effective active ingredients.

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