Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Flower Crops. Commonly called IPM.

Greenhouse crop being grown using IPM methods.

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Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Flowering Crops.

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In this hub I am going to explain how to use Integrated Pest Management in Flowering Crops. The definition of IPM. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to managing pests by using appropriate physical, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics that are safe, profitable, and enviromentally compatible. One of the tactics including in IPM is using biocontrols-enlisting predators, parasites or pathogens of pest organisms to help manage the pests. IPM allows growers to use fewer chemical pesticides and still produce a quality product.

Historical account of european biocontrol. Most past successes in greenhouse biocontrols have occurred in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,mainly because at one time these two countries contained more than half of the world's greenhouse vegetables acreage. In the late 1960's, cucumber grower Jan Koppert cautiously started experimenting with predatory mites to control red spider mites. The success of these experiments laid the foundations for biological crop protection. Koppert is currently the international market leader in biological greenhouse crop protection. Large-scale production of natural enemies such as Encarsia formosa and Aphidius colemani takes place in the main facility located, in the Netherlands. In addition to Koppert, several other large producers include Biobest ( Belgium), a leader in bumble bee pollination and biocontrol production; Syngenta bioline (England and California); and Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., Canada's largest producer of biocontrols.



Biocontrols using Integrated Pest Management. IPM. Getting started with Greenhouse IPM.

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Flowering Crops grown in a greenhouse using IPM system.

Table full of zonal geraniums being grown using Integrated Pest Management.
Table full of zonal geraniums being grown using Integrated Pest Management. | Source
Pink flowering zonal geraniums using Integrated pest management in the greenhouse operation.
Pink flowering zonal geraniums using Integrated pest management in the greenhouse operation. | Source

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