Thursday, November 12, 2009

Overuse of Pesticides: A Disney Cartoon

Although my research deals more specifically with the description of fungal communities with a wooded habitat, I am trained in the field of plant pathology.  This field investigates many of the pests that are destructive to valued crops, such as wheat, corn, and soybeans.  Often times the use of fungicides and/or pesticides are required to reduce diseases caused by these pests.  It is therefore extremely important to design an appropriate disease management plan with regards to the use of applied products.  In a short cartoon that was recently posted on my current research adviser's Face Book page,  Mickey Mouse experiences the drawbacks of overusing such chemical controls.  For all of you dedicated mycologists, there are several scenes in which giant mushrooms are visible!  Click on the title of this blog post to find out what happens to this iconic character.

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