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Methyl Bromide Alternatives

April 2012

By Josh Freeman
Assistant Professor of Horticulture
University of Virginia Tech
757-414-0724, ext. 15

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Tomato growers face the daunting task of replacing methyl bromide, a vital production tool which they have relied on for decades. Unfortunately there are no “silver bullet” solutions to the void left in the pest management arsenal. Growers will now have to integrate tactics previously unused in order to fill the gaps. A greater knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of alternative fumigants, herbicides, host plant resistance, and crop rotation must be gained in order to combine these measures. A systems approach to pest management must be taken in order to maintain successful tomato production in the absence of methyl bromide.

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