Organically Approved and Reduced Risk Pest Control Options for Fruiting Vegetable Production

Henry Brett Highland


Field trials were conducted with pesticides approved (some very recently) by the United States Department of Agriculture for certified organic production in the United States for fruiting vegetables. The list includes copper octanoate (Cueva), clarified neem oil (Trilogy), Gliocladium virens (SoilGard), Paecilomyces lilacinus (Melocon), potassium salts of fatty acids (Des-X), Bacillus thuringiensis (Agree, Javelin, Deliver), and the nuclear polyhegrosis virus of Helicoverpa (Gemstar). Results from field trials have shown good activity controlling the common parasitic nematode, disease, insect, and mite pests encountered in Florida production systems using these products and following label directions.


Cueva, Trilogy, SoilGard, Melocon, Gliocladium virens, Paecilomyces lilacinus, Des-X, Agree, Javelin, Deliver, Gemstar

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283