Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a rationale that combats plant pests while reducing any negative impacts that control methods might have on the environment. The protocols of IPM seek to minimize the use of chemical controls like broad spectrum pesticides by carefully optimizing cultural practices while utilizing a combined pest control approach that includes biological, environmental, mechanical, and chemical methods as a last resort.
There are 5 major components of successful IPM protocols:
IPM thus incorporates an understanding of many different aspects of science. These areas include plant physiology, entomology, and plant pathology. An understanding of the biology of the species that is being grown, insect pests, and pathogenic pests allows for the application of the 5 major components of IPM to each individual crop. These components will allow for the development of solutions for issues that range from pH and nutrient deficiencies to insect and disease problems.
A group of extension specialists (entomologists, horticulturists, and plant pathologists) from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia formed a working group called the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management (SNIPM) working group and are collaborating on several projects including developing:
For more information about SNIPM - please visit their website.
Southern IPM Blog
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) - Education Center
Plant Diseases Development and Management - North Dakota State University
Entomological Society of America (ESA) - Frequently Asked Questions
Common Insects Associated with Nursery Crops - University of Georgia
European Gypsy Moth - University of Kentucky
Insects and Mites Associated with Shade Trees and Woody Ornamentals - Kansas State University