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IPM program successful in California greenhouse cut roses

  • Author(s): Casey, Christine
  • Newman, Julie
  • Robb, Karen
  • Tjosvold, Steven
  • MacDonald, James
  • Parrella, Michael P
  • et al.
Abstract

We developed and tested an integrated pest management (IPM) program for the key pests of cut roses, which was based on fixed precision sampling plans, thresholds, biological control, directed sprays of reduced-risk pesticides, and cultural control. This program represented the largest effort to date to implement an IPM program in U.S. floriculture. The biological control of mites was successful at all locations, and pesticide use was generally lower in the IPM greenhouses. Future work will concentrate on reducing scouting time, improving natural-enemy release methods, and developing IPM techniques for secondary pests and powdery mildew.

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