Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/13/2010
Publication Date: 3/23/2010
Citation: Pantoja, A. 2010. Gathering and Gardening in Alaska: Why IPM cannot be overlooked even at Latitude 64° North. [abstract]. Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Association. p. 11.
Technical Abstract: Because of its geographical isolation and climatic 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 by 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 can not adapt to climate change. This work reports on the insect pest associated to agricultural settings in subsistence, 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.