Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/2007
Publication Date: 3/14/2007
Citation: Pantoja, A., Hagerty, A.M., Emmert, S.Y. 2007. Gathering, Gardening, and Agricultural Production in Alaska: Why IPM Cannot Be Overlooked Even at Latitude 64° North. Program and Abstracts of the Alaska Anthropological Association. p. 53.
Technical Abstract: Because of its geographical isolation and climate constraints, Alaska agriculture is considered relatively free of diseases and insect pests. Early colonizers into the state did not encounter the pest problems of modern farmers. However, since 1973, the winter temperatures in Alaska have increased 2-3° C. It is logical to assume that continued global climate change could produce conditions that are more favorable to insect development, the introduction of new crops, and the disappearance of crops that cannot adapt to climate change. This work reports on the insect pest associated to agricultural settings in low input and organic crops in Alaska and the efforts to improve knowledge on the biological properties of high latitude species and native Alaska crops.