To achieve the optimum economic level of pest and disease control through better understanding of the glasshouse ecosystem.
To ensure the availability of a comprehensive and effective range of natural biological solutions available.
To reduce the use of non-Biological Plant Protection Products in line with customer expectations.
To encourage innovation in safe Biological Plant Protection Products development for Tomato production.
To anticipate where the potential vulnerabilities are and will be in the future regarding the control of existing and novel Pest and Diseases through proactively planning contingency, horizon scan and monitor for new pests and diseases and ensure that products available meet current and future threats.
Research to improve Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Glasshouse Management (IGM) to reduce the economic impact of existing pests and diseases.
Horizon scan for potential crop protection threats and opportunities through stimulating research where gaps in knowledge exist.
Develop complimentary contingency plans for potential new threats.
Did You Know?
British Tomato growers use an army of over 100 million beneficial predatory bugs to help balance glasshouse ecosystems where pests are controlled by predators and so are present at a level below those causing economic damage and thus reducing, to virtually zero, the need to use any pesticides which if they are will be primarily biological in origin.