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.
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.
Serenade is an effective biofungicide and bactericide, which belongs to BASF's smart protection-program approach, and which is designed to boost yield, maximize harvest flexibility, and optimize residues.