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Concepts of sustainability, motivations for pest management approaches, and implications for communicating change


Sherman, J and Gent, DH, Concepts of sustainability, motivations for pest management approaches, and implications for communicating change, Plant Disease: An International Journal of Applied Plant Pathology, 98, (8) pp. 1024-1035. ISSN 0191-2917 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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This article is in the public domain and not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with customary crediting of the source. The American Phytopathological Society, 2014

DOI: doi:10.1094/PDIS-03-14-0313-FE


Impact and relevance are valued by both plant pathologists and the supporters of research and extension. Impact has been characterized as the "So what?" of research results, and in applied research in agriculture typically involves some change in human behavior. This might involve, for instance, avoidance of broad spectrum pesticides, use of economic thresholds, or adoption of a new cultural practice in disease management. Changes in human behavior often are slow and difficult, even when the potential benefits of change seem clear. Research and extension personnel working with farmers have discussed for decades the apparent slow pace of adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) and other less-pesticide-intensive management practices. The reasons why change is slow are numerous, but one aspect that warrants consideration is how changes in farm practices are communicated to farmers. Effectively communicating changes in pest management practices at the farm level requires a system of research and extension management that differs from that to which most biological scientists are accustomed. What is the motivation for farmers to deviate from historical practices? How persuasive are concepts of environmental sustainability, integrated pest management, risk management, and economic gain in communicating the needs for change? In addressing these questions, it is useful to understand some of the basic determinants of farmers' decision processes and motivations to adopt practices. This article discusses these issues.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, pest management, implications, communicating change, impact
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Gent, DH (Dr David Gent)
ID Code:117332
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-06-07
Last Modified:2017-08-14
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