According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations between 20 and 40 percent of crop production are lost before harvest due to pests. Sustainable pest management to protect plant health is crucial to secure crop yield and to decrease the use of harmful pesticides. Sustainable pest management takes advantage of interactions between natural organisms in the agricultural ecosystem, together with other nature-based solutions to control pests. Climate change impacts both the possibilities to benefit from such nature-based solutions and the risk for pest outbreaks. Development of ‘climate smart’ pest management enables a more resilient sustainable pest control.
SLU has, together with partners, developed a resource package to contribute to healthy harvest in a changing climate. See below.