Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Plant Health Care (PHC)

Integrated pest management (IPM)

IPM is a pest population management system that utilizes all suitable techniques (biorational, chemical, cultural, fertilization, irrigation, monitoring with sex pheromone traps, resistant plant varieties, etc.) and information to reduce or manipulate pest populations that are maintained at tolerable levels (meaning a few pests will still be around) while providing protection against hazards to humans, domestic animals and earth's environment.

Plant health care (PHC)

PHC is defined as a process of scheduled preventative maintenance based on monitoring and use of cultural and chemical tactics, to enhance tree vitality. The plant and its requirements become the central focus of our activities, rather than responding to symptoms caused by pest presence, physical agents, or nutritional deficiencies. A plant health care practice addresses the basic causes of the reduction in plant health and provides corrective measures to promote plant health.

Southeast PA IPM Research Group (Penn-Del IPM Research Group)

List of Text references on these subjects:

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  • Ball, J.; 1987. Efficient monitoring for an urban IPM program. J. Aboric. 13: 175-177. 
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