Pest Management

Die Lagerung, Handhabung, und Anwendung von biologischen Verfahren im Pflanzenschutz kann entscheidend sein für die Wirksamkeit eines Produktes. Hier auf dem Portal finden Sie eine Auswahl an Ressourcen, die es Ihnen ermöglicht die Effizienz dieser Produkte in ihrem Produktionssystem zu maximieren.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Bioprotection or biocontrol can be used within an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme/approach. Integrated Pest Management can be defined as:

“an holistic approach to management of a pest by all available means, including the judicious use of chemical pesticides.”

A more precise definition and the principles of IPM can be found on the EU Sustainable Use of Pesticides webpage.

Why use biocontrol?

There are a number of very good reasons to use biopesticides and biological controls:

  • They are natural and have minimal environmental impact, plus they leave little or no toxic residues so we get cleaner and safer food.
  • They can introduce different modes of action to their chemical counterparts, reducing the selection pressure for pesticide resistance.
  • Many have zero or very low pre-harvest and re-entry intervals
  • Many products are highly specific to the target pest.
  • And many are perfectly compatible with standard spray equipment.

Examples include:

  • Nemaflor® (e-nema) which contains tiny worm-like nematodes that infect and kill pests such as thrips and leaf miners; and
  • Trianum-G (Koppert Biological Systems) which contains a fungus that grows along the roots of plants and protects them from incoming disease

A good example of how biocontrol or bioprotection fits within an overall IPM strategy can be seen here: IPM Pyramid

Illustrations of how these components can be put together for specific crops can be seen in these panels from IBMA: IPM in practice

What is monitoring and scouting?

A quick guide to effective crop monitoring is provided in this short video from the UK’s AHDB:

How do you apply bioprotection agents?

Microbials

Application of bioprotection agents and the correct dosage are important for their effective use. This is addressed in the following videos for the fungal bioprotection agent Metarhizium.

Macrobials

EPN application  in fruit trees

A useful guide to combination of EPNs with chemical pesticides can be found on the e-nema web site.

Similarly, the Biobest Side Effect Manual is a useful tool to ensure maximum efficacy of your bioprotection product.

Safe use and storage

Unlike conventional crop protection agents biological materials can require more care, particularly in regard to aspects of storage such as ambient temperature and shelf-life. The following video highlights some of these issues for the biocontrol agent Metarhizium:

As for conventional pesticides care of personal hygiene and safety still needs to be considered. This video highlights the need for PPE in the use of the fungal biocontrol agent Metarhizium:

Other Resources

Coffee

Using natural pest control on your coffee crops – what are the benefits and how do you do it? Our guide takes you through the steps from start to finish to help you start using safer pest control.

Bestimmen des Schädlings

Ihren Schädling korrekt zu identifizieren ist entscheidend um effektive Gegenmassnahmen zu ergreifen. Hier geben wir Hilfestellung um Ihnen bei der Bestimmung von Schädlingen zu helfen, sowie potentiell auch ihre Fähigkeiten in diesem Bereich zu erweitern.

Kategorien von Nützlingen

Ein besseres Verständnis der Auswahl an Nützlingen und der Art der Interaktionen mit ihren Schädlingen kann Ihnen bei der Auswahl der für Ihr Produktionssystem geeigneten Nützlinge helfen, aber auch wie diese noch effektiver eingesetzt werden können. Hier bieten wir zusätzliche Informationen über diese neuen Methoden.

Definition biologische Schädlingsbekämpfung

Ein nachhaltigerer Ansatz zur Bekämpfung von Schädlingen in Landwirtschaft und Umwelt ist die biologische Schädlingsbekämpfung. Hier erklären wir allgemein die Definition der biologischen Schädlingsbekämpfung und deren verschiedenen Ansätze.