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Home Gardener Preferences, Perceptions, Knowledge and Behaviors Associated with Pest Management Strategies and Information Acquisition

dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Amy E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMatheny, Amanda Leighen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-03T05:37:08Z
dc.date.available2009-07-03T05:37:08Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9320
dc.description.abstractAbstract The overuse and/or misuse of pesticides by home gardeners has been verified through various reports indicating home gardeners may fail to recognize opportunities to implement more preferable pest management practices such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). A series of three surveys, facilitated by Master Gardeners, were conducted to investigate home gardeners' knowledge, values, and attitudes about pest management; changes in their behavior over time; and factors that impact their acquisition of pest management information. Respondents were primarily over age 50 and highly educated, with a high level of environmental concern. They preferred sources of information that could present both pesticides and alternatives, and preferred to access gardening information from Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, and the Internet. These respondents showed strong agreement between environmental concerns and their pest control decisions. The results of the study will help educators improve the efficacy of educational outreach on IPM and pesticide safety.en_US
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dc.titleHome Gardener Preferences, Perceptions, Knowledge and Behaviors Associated with Pest Management Strategies and Information Acquisitionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMarine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledBeliefs and Behaviorsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHome Gardeneren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledInformation Sourceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledIntegrated Pest Management (IPM)en_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMaster Gardeneren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPest Managementen_US


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