Management of pests and diseases in New Zealand and Australian vineyards

Geoff Gurr, Samantha Scarratt, Marco Jacometti, Steve Wratten

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'What good are all those species that man cannot eat or sell?' (Odum, 1971). This chapter considers this question in the context of pest and disease control in Australasian vineyards. We show that species of insects and microbes that cannot be eaten or sold can have value to vineyard managers by providing tangible 'ecosystem services'. Predatory and parasitic arthropods can help supress insect pests whilst microbes, especially fungi, which are encouraged by mulching can help reduce the severity of vine diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiological control
Subtitle of host publicationa global perspective : case studies from around the world
Place of PublicationWallingford, United Kingdom
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781845932657
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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