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Protected Herbs: Best Practice guidelines for integrated pest and disease control - HH3118TPC

The main objective of the proposed project is to provide new integrated solutions for pest and disease control in protected herbs. The project will focus on the major species of culinary herbs including parsley, basil, sage, mint and chives, and protected propagation of herbs for other uses. A key feature of the protected herb industry is its diversity both in terms of the production systems used and the plant species produced, resulting in a wide range of damaging pest and disease problems. Due in part to the withdrawal of active ingredients following recent pesticide reviews, chemical control options on protected herbs are limited and the industry is motivated to seek non-chemical control methods as components of integrated pest and disease management systems. A knowledge review will collate and evaluate information on currently available control options from other cropping systems which will be beneficial for herbs. Interaction with herb growers through a steering committee, participative workshops and nursery visits will be of prime importance in ensuring that industry views and knowledge are utilised for the development of practical guidelines for different production systems. Validation experiments will be carried out to evaluate control strategies for selected priority pest and disease problems for which control options are not currently available (shore flies, ‘sage’ leafhoppers, Pythium spp. and powdery mildew). Best-practice guidelines for the integrated control of priority pests and diseases of protected herbs will be delivered to the industry through a project website, trade press, interactive workshops and a booklet. An important requirement is that growers should be able to manage different combinations of pests and diseases across the herb species that occur in different production systems. The proposed work meets Defra objectives to promote a sustainable, competitive and safe food supply chain which meets consumers’ requirements. Emphasis is given to biological control and enhancing microbial activity, which supports pesticide minimisation policy objectives.
1. To collate and evaluate currently available information on potential integrated management solutions for priority pest and disease problems on protected herbs (months 1-9).
2. To evaluate control strategies for selected pest and disease problems using representative host plant species and production systems (months 7-24).
3. To formulate best practice guidelines for integrated pest and disease control on protected herbs and deliver to the protected herb industry (months 1-36).
Project Documents
• Final Report : Protected Herbs: Best Practice guidelines for integrated pest and disease control   (428k)
• Final Report - Annex : Appendix 1: Best practice guidelines Septoria leafspot   (2569k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2006

Cost: £120,002
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Pest Control              
Plant diseases              
Protected Cropping              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study