Paull, John (2007) Trophobiosis Theory: A Pest Starves on a Healthy Plant. Elementals - Journal of Bio-Dynamics Tasmania, 88, pp. 20-24.
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
|Research affiliation:||Australia > Australian National University|
|Deposited By:||Paull, Dr John|
|Deposited On:||07 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2010 07:36|
|Refereed:||Peer-reviewed and accepted|
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