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Integrated Pest Management Program

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Department of Extension

Greenhouse IPM Program

Mission

The UConn Greenhouse IPM Program supports the Connecticut greenhouse industry with information and educational programming on sustainable production methods. In Connecticut, the greenhouse industry is a significant part of agriculture. Greenhouse and nursery products (ornamental shrubs, flowers, young plants) are Connecticut's leading source of agricultural income. Approximately 300 commercial greenhouse businesses have 8 million square feet of production space under cover. In addition, many Connecticut farmers have added greenhouse crops to their businesses to increase income.

Local Activities

UConn team members (listed at the right) conduct educational activities, including this website, the Connecticut Greenhouse Pest Messages in the box at the bottom of this page, and New England Greenhouse Update, educational programs, hands-on field training, trouble-shooting site visits, production management advise, diagnostic services and research.

Educational programs include the annual UConn Perennial Plant Conference pesticide recertification programs such as the Spring Bedding Plant Updates. In addition, cooperative educational programs are held with the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association.

Regional Involvement

UConn team members also work with University Extension Specialists and grower representatives from the Northeast to help plan and sponsor the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. This two-day conference is held every other year (even years), with nationally recognized speakers and a trade show. They also develop and publish the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide (A Management Guide for Insects, Diseases, Weeds and Growth Regulators). This manual presents biological, cultural and chemical management information for insects, diseases, weeds and plant growth regulators and is updated every two years. To order, see CANR's Communications Resource Center or Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo website.

Resources

To receive timely reports about what's happening in Connecticut with pests, nutrition, greenhouse engineering, marketing and other issues that affect your greenhouse retail or wholesale business, sign up to get emails that contain the Connecticut Greenhouse Pest Messages and/or the New England Greenhouse Update. Information is gathered from site visits and conversations with growers in the region. Please contact Leanne Pundt at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu to receive this information.

Home gardeners with home greenhouses may contact the UConn Home and Garden Center. An excellent reference book on home greenhouses is Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners (NRAES -137) available from CANR's Communications Resource Center.

Greenhouse Pest Guide Web app can be found here.

Home Gardeners: Looking for information specifically for home grounds? Try our Home & Garden Center Fact Sheets.

Leanne Pundt

Extension Educator

University of Connecticut
Litchfield County Extension Center
843 University Drive
Torrington, CT 06790-2635

Phone: 860.626.6855
Email: leanne.pundt@uconn.edu
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Greenhouse Pest Messages

Richard J. McAvoy

Professor and Extension Specialist

University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067
Storrs, CT 06269-4067

Phone: 860.486.0627
FAX: 860.486.0682
Email: Richard.mcavoy@uconn.edu
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John Bartok

Emeritus Extension Professor, University of Connecticut

Agricultural Engineer
135 Pumpkin Hill Road
Ashford, CT 06278

Phone: 860.429.4842
Email: jbartok@rcn.com

Cooperative Extension System emeritus professor and agricultural engineering consultant providing information and educational programs on greenhouse structures, environment control systems, energy conservation and mechanization to growers.