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Technical note May update: Biofumigation to suppress pests, weeds and diseases


  • Biofumigation is the suppression of soil-borne pests and pathogens by
    compounds emitted from brassica green manure crops macerated and
    incorporated into the soil.
  • The most commonly grown biofumigant crops are Indian mustard, rocket and oil
  • Biofumigant crops can also improve soil quality and soil health, leading to yield
    benefits to following crops.
  • Specific agronomy requirements are needed to maximise the benefits of
    biofumigant crops.

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