About Integrated disease management
Integrated disease management (IDM) is a disease control approach that uses all available management strategies to maintain disease pressures below an economic injury threshold. It does not advocate a routine chemical application program to prevent disease, but promotes the integration of cultural physical biological and chemical control strategies. The routine application of fungicides for insurance purposes is not appropriate as it does not focus the proper attention on the real problem and can lead to resistance and potential environmental issues. Integrated Disease Management involves the selection and application of a harmonious range of disease control strategies that minimise losses and maximises returns.