Submitted to: National American Phytopathology Meetings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 10, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The IR-4 Minor Use Pesticide Research Project was initiated in 1963 as a state and Federal cooperative research program to develop data to obtain national label registration of pesticides for minor and specialty food crops. In 1977, with the support of the nursery crop (American Nursery and Landscape Association) and floral crop (Society of American Florists) industries, the IR-4 Ornamental Research Program was initiated. Since its inception, this program has included over 12,000 research projects. The data developed in this program has been used to obtain over 5,000 registration on all types of herbaceous and woody ornamental crops. Because of the need for low risk products including biologicals and biopesticides which can be used in integrated pest management (IPM) programs, the IR-4 Program evaluates these materials in addition to traditional pesticides. Projects in the program include speciality research on applications such as interiorscape, tissue culture, and cold storage, for floral, forestry, nursery and turf crop production.