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Pesticide Modes of Action

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A mode of action (MoA) describes a functional or anatomical change, resulting from the exposure of a living organism to a substance. Some sources consider the mode of action to be only at the cellular level. In comparison, a mechanism of action (MOA) describes such changes at the molecular level.

This course is approved by the California Department of Pesticide regulation (DPR) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for license renewal for QAL, QAC and PCA licenses. After completing this module, participants will be knowledgeable about the following topics.

  1. Insect resistance mechanisms.
  2. Insecticide Chemical Families.
  3. Insecticidal Modes of Action.