PLANT PROTECTION

Plant Protection: Plant protection is the science and practice of managing pests, diseases and weeds that damage crops and other plants, and which can have a devastating effect on farmer's livelihood. Plant Protection mainly focuses on keeping plants healthy from diagnosing diseases to implementing environmentally friendly pest-management practices. With an ever-expanding population and increasing pressure on food and fiber supplies, Plant Protection plays a vital role in improving our quality of life.

Plant protection also involve the ability to anticipate the emergence and spread of noxious organisms and to prevent their introduction and spread before they become agricultural pests in specific crops and regions. In this regard, international biosecurity measures and rapid and efficient sharing of information across continents and countries becomes of paramount importance for preventing new invasions.

Plant protection can also be defined as a science and practice of managing invertebrate pests and vertebrate pests, plant diseases, weeds and other pest organisms that damage agricultural crops and forestry. Agricultural crops include field crops, vegetable crops and fruit and horticultural crops. It encompasses: Pesticide-based approaches such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides Biological pest control approaches such as cover crops, trap crops and beetle banks Barrier-based approaches such as agrotextiles and bird netting Animal psychology-based approaches such as bird scarers Biotechnology-based approaches such as plant breeding and genetic modification

Plant Protection Practices:

  • Pesticide-based approaches such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides
  • Biological pest control approaches such as cover crops, trap crops and beetle banks
  • Barrier-based approaches such as agrotextiles and bird netting
  • Animal psychology-based approaches such as bird scarers
  • Biotechnology-based approaches such as plant breeding and genetic modification