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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 42

Plant Protection—Management of Pest Control Techniques

John Harden

pp: 99-102


What is Plant Protection? It is the management of pests of plants to maximize profit, pleasure, and leisure. Plant protection involves using detailed information about plants and pests to minimise the activities of pests so that they are not economically, aesthetically or environmentally important.

What are Pests? Pests are biological organisms capable of interfering with plant production. Pests include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, birds, and mammals. When managing the application of pest control techniques the term "pest" should be used to describe all the biological organisms capable of interfering with plant production.

What is Pest Control? The objective of pest control techniques has often been 100% (kill) of the pest or annihilation. This level of "control" may not be achievable and can be biologically undesirable. In the production of clean, pest-free nursery stock, it may be a requirement and this should be achieved using a combination of pest management

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