Management of pests and diseases

Although a healthy, strong growing crop is much resistant to pests and diseases, an infection by fungal or bacterial disease or an attack by predators is still possible, often in relation to conditions of climate. In the open field, we have little control over these conditions, hence risk is higher than in net- or green house.

Early detection is the most important step in avoidance of pest and disease control, followed by quickly recognizing the pest or disease.

We, as Bangalore Plants First consultants, have put together some product-specific documents helping to recognize current predators and diseases. Finding the predator, its eggs or larvae, will confirm what the problem is. In case of diseases that is more complex. There are many types of leaf spots and not always clearly defined, especially in further stages of developments, also in case of wilting of plants.

In addition we also made up a list of products for treatment and some description to use the products in the right way. The environment (pollinators, aquatic life, drink water, etc) is important to be respected. Also each product is in a group of modes of action, established under IRAC (Insecticide Resistance Action Committee) and FRAC (Fungicide Resistance Action Committee). Insect and pathogene resistance to spray products is a very serious issue and can only be slowed down by alternating the product groups and respecting intervals. Obviously there is much more information, but the documents are meant for a quick check. Also there will be different opinions about choice of product, concentration of spray mix, etc. We appreciate comments and feed back.


We are aware of the need to reduce chemicals in cultivation and a compilation of information on natural and biological plant protection you find on this same website under the name.

“Using natural and biological products in cultivation for increased sustainability”

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