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Indicator species – early warning for pest attack

Any IPM plan should incorporate a monitoring scheme that allows the size of a pest population to be guaged, over time. By understanding the state of a population it’s then possible to make more informed decisions about whether to act … Continue reading

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IPM – Total Pest Counts August-November 2012

Following two terms worth of data gathering for my final year project I have got an idea of the diversity of pests and their rate of spread int he tropical greenhouse. Below are two figures with the compiled total counts … Continue reading

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Harlequin failure

After two weeks of waiting and checking on tiny mice it would appear that my attempt to initiate a bio control program using harlequin ladybirds has been a failure. The aphids are still high in numbers and happily feeding. Also … Continue reading

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The time for waiting is over!

Over the past few months I’ve been coming in at ten day intervals to take counts of pests. Each week something has changed and the display is really coming together nicely. Along side these changes I’ve also seen how remarkably … Continue reading

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Leucaena leucocephala – White lead tree

Leucaena leucocephala is widely grown as an agroforestry species in tropical regions. In the 1970s and 1980s the tree was very widely planted as a forage tree legume and seen as a solution to many tropical agriculture problems as it … Continue reading

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Maranta arundinacea – Arrowroot

Arrowroot is a member of the Marantaceae commonly known for the ‘Prayer Plants’ which are grown for their decorative leaves.  In contrast M. arundinacea is grown very much for its starchy rhizomes, although there is a cultivar with variegated leaves.

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Musa acuminata – Dwarf Cavendish Banana

It wouldn’t be a tropical plant display without a banana plant showing those huge luxuriant leaves.  Dwarf Cavendish bananas are low growing which makes them wind resistant when grown outside and means they fit under a greenhouse roof when grown … Continue reading

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Curcuma longa – Turmeric

Turmeric is well known as a food additive that gives a yellow colour as well as a spicy flavour to curries.  It is a member of the Ginger family (Zingiberaceae).

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Cuphea llavea – Tiny mice

This Cuphea llaveacultivar is named for the mouse ear like upper petals of the flowers.  Cuphea are sometime known as Mexican cigar plants and are members of the Lythraceae.

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Colocasia esculenta – Taro

Taro is a starch crop with stem tubers that forms impressive ‘elephant ear’ leaves.  It is readily recognisable as a member of the Araceae based on growth form and leaf venation.

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