Pest and Disease Management for Organic Farmers, Growers and Smallholders

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A comprehensive book covering all aspects of the subject in temperate areas.

Pest and Disease Management for Organic Farmers, Growers and Smallholders is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of the subject in temperate areas. Incorporating the most up-do-date thinking on organic pest and disease management, it is an essential reference work for all those wishing to develop a good understanding of the subject.

The authors provide a practical guide to organic pest and disease management practices. They advocate a whole-farm approach to pest and disease management, which uses rotations and the full farm landscape to manage pest and disease outbreaks.

Features

The scientific principles underlying pest and disease management in organic systems
Long-term preventative methods, based on sensitive landscape management, and shorter-term reactive measures
The cost implications of different approaches
The monitoring and decision-making processes that farmers and growers should use
The key pests and diseases of field vegetables, cereals and green manures, and their management in organic systems

Authors

The authors of this book work as part of the Organic Research and Development program of Garden Organic (formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association), a charitable organisation dedicated to research into, and the promotion of, organic farming, gardening and food. Each of them has a strong record in practical organic farming research, especially in organic horticulture.