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Mission, Purpose, Goals

Mission: To provide education and information about Integrated Pest Management to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry.

Goals: The Penn-Del IPM Research Group (first known as the Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group) was established for both research and educational purposes. These  goals were both research and educationally based. Through the collection of applied data, the group hoped to become knowledgeable of and effectively manage the key insect and mite pests that attack woody ornamental plants in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. At the same time this group focused on educating other green industry professionals on proper pest identification and effective IPM practices.

Purpose: The purpose of the Penn-Del IPM Research Group (first known as the Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group) was to provide education and information about integrated pest management to the ornamental horticulture industry. This was accomplished through the following activities:

  • Conduct applied field research that was designed to evaluate IPM practices.
  • Assist in conducting IPM educational programming in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • Provide a clearing house for IPM educational information, effective methods, and practices.
  • Encourage the practice of IPM among other horticultural businesses in the area and make southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware leaders in ornamental IPM.