Jennifer Grant, Co-Director New York State IPM Program and Brian Eshenaur, NYS IPM Ornamentals IPM Specialist.
The EIQ (www.nysipm.cornell.edu/
was devised to summarize the environmental and health impacts of
pesticide active ingredients. Factors such as toxicity (dermal, bird,
acute human, bee, fish, beneficial arthropod), soil half-life, leaching
potential, plant surface half-life, and surface loss potential are all
components of the EIQ. The result is a single EIQ value for a pesticide
active ingredient. EIQs can be used to compare
the environmental impact of different pesticides and pest management
strategies, when multiplied by the rate of application. The EIQ provides
criteria—to be used along with a grower's knowledge of efficacy, cost
and resistance management—to select a pesticide
product when deemed necessary.
Organizer: Ana Legrand, Integrated Pest Management Program, University of Connecticut