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Current status of research in Integrated Pest Management

Ramon Albajes

Universitat de Lleida, Agrotecnio Center

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The increase in demand for food, fiber, and energy is forcing agricultureto increase productivity by about 2% annually. One of the ways to achieve such goal is to diminish yield losses caused by insect pests, plant diseases and weeds which have been estimated in one third of the yield of agricultural crops in spite of control methods currently applied. To diminish these losses in an economically, ecologically and socially acceptable manner is the goal of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The main strategy of IPM is theenhancement of the intrinsic capacityof agricultural ecosystems to reduce thepopulation growth of the harmful agents mentioned above.This presentation reviews what the main topics of current research in IPM are.

 In recent decades muchprogress has been made in understandingthe mechanisms involved in plant-insect relationship and how plant resistance can be used in IPM systems. This issue was addressed many years ago byplant pathologists so that the resistance is the main non-chemicalstrategy that has the IPM for disease control. On the contrary, biological control was first developed by entomologists with remarkable practical successes in the last century whereas disease control has started to provide growers with practical solutions only recently and in relatively few cases. Weed management is more dependent on chemicals but there has also been great progress in the implementation of alternative methods in this field. Use of semiochemicals and cultural controlsare being also the subject of scientific research. How to use chemicals in a more selective way is a crucial topic to make IPM systems applicable in most situations. Finally, improvement of tools for monitoring and decision making in the field has much progressed in last years.

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