What is a pest?
According to FAO’s International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, a pest is:
“any species, strain or bio-type of plant, animal or pathogenic agent injurious to plants and plant products, materials or environments and includes vectors of parasites or pathogens of human and animal disease and animals causing public health nuisance.”
How to identify a pest problem
Below is a list of key resources which can support your pest identification needs:
|To help diagnose your pest problems download this useful general guide from CABI:||Plantwise Diagnostic Field Guide|
|To learn even more, take a self-study course in Crop Pest Diagnosis:||CABI Crop Pest Diagnosis Course|
|For detailed information on your pest problem you can use CABI’s search tool:||Plantwise Knowledge Bank Diagnostic Tool|
|A useful guide to the identification of Aphids from the EU BIOCOMES project can be found and used here:||Aphid Identification in Fruit Tree Crops|
|Another useful tool is the AHDB Encyclopedia of pests and natural enemies:||AHDB Encyclopedia of pests and natural enemies|
|There is also a lot of information on major horticultural diseases on the AHDB website:||AHDB Knowledge Library|
|There is also a quick visual guide to ten major greenhouse pests produced by Biotus:||Top 10 Greenhouse Pests|
Storage, handling, timing and method of application of biological based approaches to pest management can be critical in ensuring efficacy of the product. Here you will find a selection of resources that will support you in maximising the impact of these agents in your production system.
A better understanding of the range of biocontrol agents and the way in which they interact with the target pest can help in the selection of a suitable agent for your production system, but also provide insight into how they can be more effectively used. Here we provide additional information and resources to provide more information on these novel approaches.
A more sustainable approach to the management of agricultural and environmental pests is the use of biological control (or biocontrol). Here we briefly explain the definition of biocontrol and the different types of biocontrol methods for managing pest problems.