This book presents the combined analyses of industry representatives, growers, environmentalists, scientists, and agency personnel on the potential of integrated pest management. Strong emphasis is given to nonpesticide tactics, including biocontrols, host resistance, and cultural procedures.
The reports presented in this volume resulted from the thoughtful analysis of scores of practitioners, industry representatives, growers, environmentalists, scientists, and federal and state agency personnel. They are acknowledged at the end of each report for their contributions as members of the "Action Teams" or "workgroups" for the few cropping systems analyzed. It was decided that individuals knowledgeable about pest problems in the production of corn/soybeans, cotton, fruit, or vegetables should describe the current status of IPM in each of these commodities from a national perspective, and should then provide a "blueprint" for the types of advances that could be expected with additional research. The reports represent the 1992 version of a series of "snapshots" of the potential for technical improvements achieved via IPM research to resolve pest-related problems in agriculture. Other reports have been prepared during the past two decades, and there are significant similarities among the reports. However, the 1992 versions represent a much stronger emphasis on nonpesticide tactics. These include cultural procedures (some of which until recently were considered to be too unusual or unconventional for adoption), biocontrols, and host resistance. A message that is reinforced throughout these reports is that environmental preservation, food safety, and health of farm workers and farmers, are significantly important factors in modern agriculture.
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