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HandHandbook of Pest Management in Organic Farmingbook of Pest Management in Organic Farming - Pest Management in Organic Field vegetables in Temperate Areas

Daniel, Claudia; Collier, Rosemary; Niggli, Urs and Koller, Martin (2018) Pest Management in Organic Field vegeatables in Temperate Areas In: Vacante, Vincenzo and Kreiter, Serge (Eds.)

Preventative measures and the creation of resilient growing systems are key parts of pest management practice in organic field vegetable production.
Soil improvement, crop rotation, site selection, habitat management, variety choice, timing of plant and plant spacing are all considered before planting in order to avoid the most detrimental pest problems.
For some crops (eg. cabbage and carrot (Finch and Collier, 2000)), a holistic pest control strategy, which combines preventative and direct control measures, is available, however in lettuce production, pest management under organic conditions still relies heavily on direct pest control measures.
Due to the huge variety of vegetable crops and their associated pest insects, specific tailored approaches are necessary.
Within this chapter, strategies and methods of pest control in organic field vegetable production that are available currently are described.

Handbook of Pest Management in Organic Farming, Wallingford UK, chapter 17, pp 443-467

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