Submitted to: Michigan State University Extension
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/31/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The role of soil health in controlling plant health and pest dynamics has been of interest to farmers. As scientists begins addressing these links, they are finding some interesting and, perhaps, surprising connections between below ground ecology and above ground plant health and pest dynamics. It seems that the interactions between beneficial soil organisms and the agricultural pests they eat, parasitize, infect and compete with may keep at least some potential pests from becoming economically important. Some of these interactions are described in this chapter. In addition, the impact of farm management practices on soil food webs is discussed.