DDT and pesticides

Paul MüllerPaul Müller

DDT and pesticides

Pesticides shield agricultural crops from harm by fungi, insects, and competition from other plants. In 1939, Paul Mueller developed the inexpensive insecticide DDT (dichlor-diphenyl-trichlorethan) to control Colorado potato beetles and other insects.


DDT and similar pesticides controlled crop pests and insect-borne diseases for over twenty years.

Colorado potato beetle: an important pest of potato crops. In some locations, 3 or more generations may occur each growing season.Colorado potato beetle: an important pest of potato crops. In some locations, 3 or more generations may occur each growing season.

Did you know?

DDT was used with great success in the second half of World War II to control malaria and typhus among civilians and troops.

In the 1960s, public concerns about accumulation of DDT in human body, combined with the increasing resistance in pest species, led to the evolution of new pesticides and the decline of DDT.


Today's low-application pesticides provide greater economy for farmers, added worker safety, and are more environmentally friendly than ever before.

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