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Trophobiosis Theory: A Pest Starves on a Healthy Plant

Paull, John (2008) Trophobiosis Theory: A Pest Starves on a Healthy Plant. Journal of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia (76), pp. 51-54.

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Trophobiosis Theory is a thesis proposed 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. Trophobiosis has been characterised by the former Minister for the Environment in Brazil, Jose Lutzenberger, as: “a pest starves on a healthy plant” (1995). The essence of Trophiobiosis theory is that pests shun healthy plants, pesticides weaken plants, and weakened plants are more open to pests and disease, and hence pesticides precipitate pest attack and disease susceptibility and thus induce a cycle of further pesticide use.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:trophobiosis theory, plant health, healthy plants, organic farming, organic agriculture, pests, pesticides, herbicides, side effects, Francis Chaboussou, trophikos, National Institute of Agricultural Research, INRA, France.
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
"Organics" in general
Soil
Farming Systems
Crop husbandry
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:14750
Deposited On:01 Oct 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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