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Trophobiosis Theory: A Pest Starves on a Healthy Plant

Paull, John (2007) Trophobiosis Theory: A Pest Starves on a Healthy Plant. Elementals - Journal of Bio-Dynamics Tasmania, 88, pp. 20-24.

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Pests shun healthy plants. Pesticides weaken plants. Weakened plants open the door to pests and disease. Hence pesticides precipitate pest attack and disease susceptibility, and thus they induce a cycle of further pesticide use.
This is the essence of Trophobiosis Theory, a thesis presented by Francis Chaboussou, an agronomist of the France’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), in “Healthy Crops: A New Agricultural Revolution”. After two decades, this important book is finally available in English.
Plant pathologist Chaboussou (b.1908 - d.1985) saw with a clear eye that just as there are iatrogenic, doctor-caused, medical problems, likewise there are agrogenic, farmer-caused, agricultural problems. Chaboussou offers a lifetime’s insight into his vision for an agriculture without pesticides, and in so doing he offers a scientific underpinning for organic and bio-dynamic agriculture.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Francis Chaboussou, trophobiosis theory, organic farming, organic agriculture, pests, National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), green revolution, Healthy crops: a new agricultural revolution
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
"Organics" in general
Food systems
Farming Systems
Knowledge management
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:12894
Deposited On:07 Jan 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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