Integrated Pest and Disease Management in Greenhouse Ornamentals

  • Margery DaughtreyEmail author
  • Rose Buitenhuis
Part of the Plant Pathology in the 21st Century book series (ICPP, volume 9)


Greenhouse ornamentals are part of a 55 billion USD global ornamentals industry. They present one of the greatest challenges to integrated pest and disease (IPDM) management because the crops are so diverse and often the entire plant must be aesthetically pleasing. Crop propagules are exchanged between continents, and new species and genera of host plants, pests and pathogens are being introduced constantly. This chapter notes the new or re-emerging insect, mite and disease problems that have been problematic in greenhouse ornamentals since the turn of the century. Public preference for ornamentals free from chemical residues is driving constant refinement of sustainable pest management methods. Production systems are unique for bedding plants, foliage plants, flowering potted plants, and cut flowers and foliage plants; these difference affect the key pests and diseases and IPDM approaches. The second section of the chapter covers tools and techniques for IPDM: monitoring, the systems approach, plant-based solutions; environmental solutions and control agents. A detailed thought process on how to manage western flower thrips is offered as an example of the integrated strategy needed to successfully manage a pest (and the viruses it vectors). Methods for extending information to growers are highlighted.


Greenhouse Floriculture Pests Diseases Systems approach Biological control Monitoring Integrated pest management Invasive species Western flower thrips 


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  1. 1.Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, School of Integrative Plant ScienceCornell UniversityRiverheadUSA
  2. 2.Vineland Research and Innovation CentreVineland StationCanada

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