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Solarization and biofumigation help disinfest soil


James J. Stapleton
Clyde L. Elmore
James E. DeVay

Authors Affiliations

J.J. Stapleton is Integrated Pest Management Plant Pathologist, Statewide IPM Project, UC Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; C.L. Elmore is Extension Agronomist, Weed Science Program, Department of Vegetable Crops, UC Davis; J.E. DeVay is Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis, Partial support for these studies was provided by the UC Statewide IPM Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 54(6):42-45. DOI:10.3733/ca.v054n06p42. November 2000.

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Preplant soil fumigation with methyl bromide is scheduled to be phased out by 2005. Chemical and nonchemical alternatives are being researched and identified. Soil solarization and/or biofumigation can help fill the gap in certain cases. These alternative methods of soil disinfestation are also of value to organic growers, home gardeners and others who will not or cannot use the soil fumigation chemicals employed by many conventional commercial growers.


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Stapleton J, Elmore C, DeVay J. 2000. Solarization and biofumigation help disinfest soil. Hilgardia 54(6):42-45. DOI:10.3733/ca.v054n06p42
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