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Meaning of integrated pest management

in'tegrated pest' man"agement

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— Agric. Agric.
  1. an ecological approach to pest management that combines understanding the causes of pest outbreaks, manipulating the crop ecosystem for pest control, and monitoring pest populations and their life cycles to determine if and when the use of pesticides is indicated. Abbr.: IPM
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