IPM for protected herbs in the UK
Abstract: Pest control in rapidly growing protected edible crops such as potted herbs is a prime example of Biological Maintenance rather than Biological Control. To comply with the crop production specifications set in place by the large supermarket customers, pesticide use must be kept to a minimum. The presence of dead pests, either as cadavers or parasitized bodies can be classified as a potential contaminant and too many visible bodies can cause rejection and even result in fines for lack of supply. The use of biological controls against the most frequently encountered pests on protected herbs is discussed.