Book Cover: Plant Protection in Organic Arable and Vegetable Crops

D. Teulon, P. Cameron, G. Bourdot and D. Curtin (2005)
ISBN 0-478-10843-5

Developed to address a perceived lack of information on pest, disease and weed management in organic farming in New Zealand, this new book is an invaluable resource for organic arable and vegetable growers and their consultants, as well as for those considering a move to reduced chemical usage or organics. Beginning with the central principles of soil health and the management of pests, disease and weeds in organic growing, the book also contains standalone chapters on those pest, disease and weed problems specific to eight arable crop (barley, borage, clover seed, lentils, grass seed, linseed, maize and wheat) and nine vegetable crops (asparagus, brassicas, capsicums, carrots, onions, process peas, potatoes, squash and tomatoes), together with information on recommended organic control methods. Throughout, anecdotal material has been deliberately avoided - instead draft chapters of the book were circulated among scientists, growers and consultants for practical, objective feedback and sound evidence to incorporate into the final text. Wherever possible, information has been related to New Zealand conditions and to current organic certification standards.

RRP $59.95. Order from the authors.

Book Cover: Pesticide Resistance: Prevention and Management Strategies 2005

Edited by N.A. Martin, R.M. Beresford and K.C. Harrington (2005)
ISBN 0-473-10441-5

The issue of resistance of pests, including plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria, insects, mites, nematodes and weeds, to pesticides is very relevant to sustainable agriculture and horticulture. The New Zealand Plant Protection Society has been proactive in documenting and highlighting pesticide resistance for many years. Society members have developed strategies that have been ratified by industry for a range of horticultural, arable and pastoral crops and their pests. This book provides a permanent record of all the current strategies and will give farmers, growers and consultants the opportunity to have the information on hand for quick reference during daily activities.

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Book Cover: Future Challenges in Crop Protection: Repositioning New Zealand's Primary Industries for the Future

Edited by M.R. Butcher, J.T.S. Walker and S.M. Zydenbos (2007)
ISBN 978-0-473-13471-6

New Zealand is renowned for its innovative primary production practices and high quality produce. Integrated fruit and wine production are the mainstays of horticultural export while intensive pastoral production, in an environment free of international animal diseases of concern, is the basis of that sector. All sectors are striving for production best practice that has minimal environmental impact, maximises food safety and minimises inputs. Unfortunately New Zealand is not a low cost producer. Land and labour costs are high, therefore 'produce NZ' must be targeted at high value markets. Increasingly producers are being subjected to demands from buyers that add significant compliance costs for no increased financial return. They also face restrictions on production practices by people half a world away with no understanding (or desire to understand) the unique production environment in New Zealand. Their concerns, concealed in phrases such as 'consumer demands', are purely to maximise their market share. The future of New Zealand's primary production industries lies with how these pressures are addressed today.

RRP $39.95. Order from Touchwood Books.

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Book Cover: Plant Protection: Costs, Benefits and Trade Implications

Edited by D.M. Suckling and A.J. Popay (1993)
ISBN 0-47-01675-8

This book aims to stimulate dialogue and debate, towards a common view of how plant protection impacts on the rest of society in New Zealand. It contains six cost benefit analyses and ten policy papers.

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