Pest Management: Intercropping

Authored by: Maria Finckh , Marianne Karpenstein-Machan

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-100000391

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Abstract

Intercropping can be practiced at the species, variety, and gene level with effects on pathogens, insect pests, and weeds. One of the most important considerations for the successful design of intercropping systems for pest control is the achievement of functional diversity, i.e., diversity that limits pathogen and pest expansion and that is designed to make use of knowledge about host–pest/pathogen interactions to direct pathogen evolution.

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