This project aims to reduce agrichemical applications on greenhouse tomatoes by revitalising Integrated Pest Management (IPM) crop protection practices within the New Zealand greenhouse tomato industry. Please scroll down this page to find Grower resources developed from this project.
Major disruption to IPM in New Zealand glasshouse tomato production was caused by the incursion of the Tomato potato psyllid in the summer of 2005/06. The IPM programme had to revert from use of biological control agents to chemical control specifically for TPP. This, in turn, disrupted the performance of what had been successful biocontrol of Greenhouse whitefly with the parasitic wasp Encarsia formosa.
If successful, this project would achieve biocontrol of the two major economic pests of glasshouse tomato production, Tomato potato psyllid and Greenhouse whitefly, enabling growers to use an IPM crop protection programme again.
The project goals will be achieved by:
identifying the economic risks at grower level to using an IPM programme and how these can be mitigated;
providing growers with a guide detailing the ideal methods of pest control for their crop; and
incorporating the use of biological control agents into crop protection programmes for New Zealand greenhouse tomatoes.