Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is for Plant Propagators Too
There is an international trend towards growing plants in ways that are more environmentally friendly. This covers all aspects from energy use, fertiliser, recycling of materials, and plant protection, especially the use of pesticides. These growing systems are sometimes termed integrated plant production and can be linked to the trend to sustainable agriculture and sustainable land management. Integrated pest management (IPM), is the plant protection contribution to more environmentally friendly plant production. This paper will define IPM, outline the pesticide-resistance problems now facing growers, and the use of IPM in practice. Also included are my thoughts on why plant propagators in Europe are changing to IPM and how it works for them.
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