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As the dangers of hazardous chemicals to our health and ecosystem become more apparent, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to maintaining the health and beauty of our botanical collections. IPM will allow us to mitigate the risk of pests and diseases by taking a proactive and natural approach to managing the health and beauty of Pan’s Garden and Earl E.T. Smith Park.
Traditional methods of pest control rely primarily on routine use of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals as a preemptive strike against pests and disease. The use of these toxins is not without hazard to our environment and personal health. Residue from commonly used agricultural and landscape pesticides has been found in our groundwater, soil, wildlife, and food placing the health of humans and the environment at risk for illness. The Preservation Foundation’s IPM methods rely heavily on the use of cultural practices, beneficial insects, bacteria, and other organisms to combat and alleviate any potential threats to our landscapes, thus helping to reduce the potential negative impact on the environment and ourselves. Only as a last resort will toxic chemicals be applied to our landscapes. By using these toxic chemicals only as a final course of action, we can help to reduce the adverse health risk to our environment and begin to cultivate a healthy and safe environment for all of nature’s wonders.
Join us this season for the second of three lectures as guest scientists and experts lead the way in educating us on the importance of healing the environment through the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Her main research focus since joining ARS has been the discovery and testing of environmentally safe management tactics for invasive pests (primarily whitefly) by using bio rational pesticides and biological control agents, and the elucidation of the interactions between insect pests, their host plants, and the plant viral diseases vectored by these insects.