Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to the prevention and or suppression of pests, diseases and weeds through use of sustainable biological, physical and other non-chemical methods. Limited conventional chemical pesticides can be used where justified.
Biological control is the reduction of pest populations by natural enemies, typically involving a human role. We have been delivering world leading research in IPM and biological control for decades. ADAS Horticulture’s Jude Bennison was an early member of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC).
Since the 1980’s, we have helped growers use biocontrol methods in response to pests such as western flower thrips, glasshouse whitefly and aphids. Our consultants help drive innovation and are up to date with the latest IPM developments internationally.
Our service comprises of:
In the past, we have investigating the fundamental biology of novel biocontrol agents or biopesticides.
Our work included investigating the persistence of biopesticides Prestop (Gliocladium catenulatum) and AQ10 (Ampelomyces quisqualis) on tomatoes for the AHDB funded AMBER (Application and Management of Biopesticides for Efficacy and Reliability) project. We conducted controlled laboratory experiments and commercially based efficacy field trials. Results were shared throughout our extensive network of contacts in different areas of the horticulture industry such as protected edibles and ornamentals.
We contributed to the review ‘Weed control options and future opportunities for UK crops’, funded by AHDB, BBRO, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Belchim, Coreteva Agriscience, FMC Agro Ltd, Syngenta and OPL Europe Ltd. This literature review provided an in-depth explanation of the IPM options growers have for weed control. It covered most sectors of horticulture: field vegetables, soft fruit, tree fruit, protected ornamentals, field grown hardy nursery stock, and cut flowers and bulbs.
The review provides guidance for decision making in horticultural systems based on the hybrid experience of ADAS consultants specialising in both agronomy and R&D.