Sustainable Plant Protection: Present and Future
by Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald, Plant Agr., University of Guelph
LOCATION: Room 202, Crop Sci
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Integrated pest management (IPM) is an important component of sustainable crop protection. Research in the McDonald lab has focused on many aspects of IPM of vegetable crops and canola, including insect management on vegetables. An IPM program is offered to vegetable growers in the Holland Marsh region as part of this research program, which provides a relatively seamless transfer of research to growers. The presentation will address a disease management system that emphasizes fungicides, Stemphylium leaf blight of onion, and one that does not involve fungicides at all, clubroot of Brassica crops. The final segment will discuss how crop protection will become even more sustainable in the future with greater reliance on
physical and cultural approaches to crop protection.
Mary Ruth McDonald is a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture and is the Research Program Director for Production Systems Plants for the OMAFRA/University of Guelph partnership. Her research focuses on plant diseases and integrated pest management for vegetable crops, especially onions and carrots, but including other vegetables and some field crops such as canola. An integrated pest management program for vegetables is provided to growers in the Holland Marsh, as part of her research program. She has been an invited keynote speaker at regional, national and international conferences, including the U.K., Sweden and Mexico, in the past three years. Mary Ruth is the recipient of local, national and international awards for excellence in extension education and integrated pest management.
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