Type: Chapter

Advances in pest and disease management in greenhouse cultivation


Gerben J. Messelink

Wageningen University and Research

H. Marjolein Kruidhof

Wageningen University and Research

Publication date:

09 September 2019

ID: 9781838799328

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Greenhouse crops are continuously under pressure of infestations by a wide range of pests and diseases. This chapter describes the myriad practices that can contribute to managing pests and diseases, and how to integrate these practices in an ecologically based integrated pest management (IPM) approach. The chapter offers a historical perspective on the development of IPM, together with an explanation of its underlying rationale and main challenges. The chapter discusses the different components of IPM, including sanitation, cultural control, preventative and curative biological control. The chapter examines food web complexities, which inevitably result from integrating multiple biological control agents in a single crop, and offers a detailed case study on IPM implementation in tomato. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area and suggests further reading on the subject.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 History of ecologically based IPM
3 Main challenges in ecologically based IPM
4 Components and rationale of ecologically based IPM
5 Cultural control practices
6 Methods to enhance the establishment of BCAs through the supplementation of resources
7 Curative control measures
8 Food web complexities in BC
9 Case study
10 Conclusion and future trends
11 Where to look for further information
12 References