Part 1 of the lecture will start with a focus on designing with diversity. Monocultures can have some advantages, but such uniformity can also be very prone to pest or disease outbreak. Using spatial, varietal or species diversity can break up this susceptibility creating an environment less optimal for pest and disease spread. Starting an IPDM program with this step makes other in-field strategies (such as microbials or nutrition) more likely to succeed. After laying this foundation we will move onto the microbiome and highlight how beneficials that live around, on or in plants can either directly antagonise pests and disease or induce the production of defence chemicals within the plant.
(Part 2 at 15:45)