NY238 - Overseas Study Tour

The ensuing report is the most comprehensive treatise on the status of and future for integrated pest management (IPM) in Australia ornamentals yet produced and will stand as a valuable reference on this subject for many years. In it Dr Gough acknowledges the need for Australia to follow the overseas trend away from chemical control and towards the use of natural enemies in ornamentals. This trend is being forced onto the nursery industry by a number of factors including increasing resistance to pesticides, environmental concerns in this public image conscious industry, decreasing availability of new pesticides, increasing consumer demand for pesticide free produce, encroachment of suburbia on nursery production areas and the cost effectiveness of biological control agents compared with chemicals.