A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
Palau writes that it had predicted that the pest status of other organisms infesting Morinda would change as the crop became more important commercially. This is what was said about the hornworm that had defoliated seedlings …….. “Since this plant – Morinda – is changing from a widely used wild plant to a crop, I think this insect may be of interest, and perhaps eventually important.” It would become a “pest”. As more and more Morinda are planted, turning it into a “crop,” and as they are planted closer together and in larger groups, and as the fruits are transplanted from place to place, it is of no surprise to see outbreaks of “pests” It is a reminder that agroforestry production systems are likely to have fewer pest problems than monocultures. It is a good example of a native species becoming a pest.