A large number of different diseases affect horticultural crops.
Significant economic losses can occur when control options, including resistant varieties, crop protection products or other cultural control methods break down.
Recent EU reviews have eliminated over 60% of active substance, and minor crops have been particularly affected with further losses anticipated in the future. This also leads to increased resistance risks when growers do not have the range of products with different modes of actions for effective resistance management.
The future for disease control will require IPM best practice with the use of Biopesticides along with conventional pesticides, cultural methods including using rotations, clean plant material, resistant varieties, biocontrols, diagnostics and disease forecasting in a true IPM approach.