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:

  • Fundamental biology experiments
  • Commercial scale efficacy testing for novel products or methods
  • Literature reviews and guidance 
  • Training and knowledge exchange 

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Investigating biopesticides

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 quisqualison 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. 

Improving biocontrol

We have led projects improving established biocontrol methods.

An example of this work includes the AHDB funded project SF 158 ‘Optimising the use of integrated pest and disease management in cane fruit production systems: 2015-2020. In this project, we investigated whether control of two-spotted spider mite could be improved by releasing the predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni in combination with the industry standard biocontrol Phytoseiulus persimilis During this project ADAS also tested whether the novel pollen product NutrimiteTM, by Biobest could be used to boost the population of Amblyseius andersoni in raspberries for the first time.  

Understanding weed control options

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.  

Training and knowledge exchange

Our consultants have vast experience in sharing IPM research outcomes, training, and advice for a number of different organisations through conferences, webinars, events, and study tours. ADAS Horticulture’s experts regularly deliver specialist training and advice workshops for Tyfu Cyrmu ‘Growing Wales leading horticultural knowledge exchange in Wales for the Welsh Government. More information about these workshops can be found on the Tyfu Cymru website