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Integrated pest management (IPM) still not sufficiently used in practice

Stanislaw Switek: Institute of Zoology, Poznan University of Life Sciences

<div><span>Integrated Pest Management(IPM) is a strategy which encourages the reduction of pesticide use by employing a variety of pest control options to contain or manage pests below their economic injury levels. Implementation and adoption of an IPM strategy can help to reduce environmental and human health risks as well as pest management costs. Farmers’ participation and engagement are crucial to the success of IPM. The research was conducted in 280 polish farms located in Great Poland region in the years 2013-2014 with the use of survey analysis. Well-developed food and dairy industry as well seed enterprises are the hallmarks of this part of Poland. Farmers were able to best recognize the symptoms of <i>Blumeria graminis</i> in 76,7%; <i>Puccinia recondita</i> in 74,6%. They worst recognize symptoms of fusarium ear blight (<i>Fusarium spp.</i>) in 22% and snow mold (<i>Microdochium nivale</i>) in 20%. As the survey farms size were growing, farmers’ knowledge about pest also grew. This relationship also concerned the using IPM practice. The awareness of farmers on fungal diseases and the use of non-chemical methods of plant protection was significantly higher in the largest farms than in smaller farms. It is necessary to lead informative training campaigns on the concept of on-farm applications of IPM.</span></div>

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