IPM reduces pesticide use in the nursery
California Agriculture 47(4):4-7. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v047n04p4.
Regular monitoring by a well-trained pest manager can reduce insecticide use in the nursery without reducing ornamental plant quality. Complete control of pests is not required to sell certain plants. A case in point is a plant sale at the UC Davis Arboretum, where customers ignored or did not recognize some types of pest damage.
M. L. Flint is Director, IPM Education and Publications, and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology;; S. H. Dreistadt is Senior Writer, IPM Education and Publications; E. M. Zagoy is Nursery Manager, University Arboretum; R. Rosetta was, IPM intern and graduate student, all at UC Davis.
Warren Roberts, Pam Rener, Jim Salyards and Parker Sanderson provided assistance. Timothy D. Paine, Margaret Algazi and Richard Cowles provided helpful critiques of our manuscript. Friends of the Davis Arboretum, Institute of Museum Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture Smith Lever Project and the University of California Statewide IPM Project provided financial support. Systematists with the Analysis and Identification Unit, California Department of Food and Agriculture, provided pest identifications.