Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecologically based pest management strategy that provides long-term management of pest problems with minimum impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms.
IPM programs are educationally based and focus on our knowledge of pest biology and its relationship within the environment. Education and communication provide the foundation for successful IPM programs. Everyone in a school community plays a role in pest management because common human habits may create pest-conducive conditions in a variety of ways.
The Arizona Plant Diagnostic Network is designed to link growers and master gardeners with plant experts in your community and with plant scientists at the University of Arizona. These experts are available to answer questions about plant health as well as help identify new and emerging plant pests and pathogens in Arizona. The overall goal is to make the public more aware of incoming threats to the plants and produce in our State.