Improved pest management and other environmental benefits of bio-diversified approach to farming, highlighted during SEARCA ADSS
Dr. Merdelyn Caasi-Lit, an advocate of bio-diversified farming or mixed cropping, points out the difference in yield between chemically treated cabbage and those grown through mixed cropping.
She explained that increased yield is one of the benefits of mixed cropping, the most significant of which is the reduced use of chemical pesticides. This will not only reduce the cost for farmers but has significant environmental impacts as well. Through several field experiments, Dr. Lit was able to experience first hand the benefits of bio-diversified farming. She has seen pepper and eggplant crops growing side-by-side with weeds that still yielded more, and better quality crops. Dr. Lit presented her research results and other experiences on bio-diversified farming at SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 28 August 2010.
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About the Presenter:
Dr. Merdelyn Caasi-Lit is the section head of the Entomology Laboratory at the University of the Philippines (UPLB) Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB). She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Department of Horticulture and the Plant Biology Division of the Institute of Biological Sciences, still at UPLB. She received her Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and Masters Degree in Entomology from UPLB, and her Doctorate in Plant Sciences from the Australian National University. Among her research interests are host plant resistance to major insect pests in cereals, vegetables and other crops; biochemical basis of resistance to major insect pests of eggplant and rice; and Integrated Pest Management with emphasis on host plant resistance.
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