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10921. Cook, R.J.. 1988. Biological control and holistic plant-health care in agriculture.. Amer. J. Alternative Agr. 3(2,3):51-62.
Biological, chemical, and physical control of pests can be integrated in holistic plant-health care, also termed ICM or IPM. Eight principles of plant health are offered: 1) know the production limits of the agroecosystem; 2) rotate the crops; 3) maintain soil organic matter; 4) use clean planting material; 5) plant well-adapted, pest-resistant cultivars; 6) minimize environmental and nutritional stress; 7) maximize the effects of beneficial organisms; and 8) protect with pesticides as necessary.

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