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Integrated Crop Protection

 

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Pests, diseases and weeds account for a considerable proportion of crop losses and waste during food production and processing.

We conduct detailed studies on the biology and ecology of key pathogen, insect and weed pests of outdoor and protected crops and identify ways to improve their control.

This underpins development of novel methods of pathogen detection, pest and disease forecasting and biological and cultural control methods that can be used as components of integrated pest and disease management programmes.

Approaches include:

Host plant resistance through crop improvement

Insecticidal control of pest insects

Biological control of plant pests

Integrated control of plant diseases

Physical and cultural methods of pest control