Resources to Implement Biological Control in Greenhouses
Pest control strategies available to growers, and the factors which influence their choice, are examined to determine whether low pesticide input systems offer a realistic option in commercial horticulture. It is concluded that biological control programs alone are rarely acceptable in glasshouse crops due to their complex management and the consequences of failure. However, integrated pest management (IPM) based largely on biological techniques with only minimal use of selective pesticides is an attractive option. Future developments, which could accelerate the acceptance of IPM, are discussed.
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