Herbs resources (protected and outdoor)

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial protected and outdoor herb production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 


Glasshouse whitefly and leafhoppers in protected herbs: options for control within IPM programmes

Research project FV 371: Establishment of best agronomic practice towards minimising pesticide residues on herbs and speciality produce

Research project FV 371a: Establishment of best agronomic practice towards minimising pesticide residues on herbs, rocket and babyleaf salad crops

Research project PC 178: Protected herbs - control of glasshouse whitefly and leafhoppers within IPM programmes


Bacterial blight

Coriander bacterial blight

Septoria blight of parsley

Research project FV 318: Outdoor herbs: Integrated management of parsley Septoria and coriander blight

Research project FV 403: The potential of the coriander bacterial blight pathogen to infect parsley

Downy mildew

Downy mildew of basil

Research project FV 390: Outdoor herbs: epidemiology and control of downy mildew in sage, parsley, mint and basil under protection

Research project PE 024: Basil: Improving knowledge and Control of Downy Mildew in protected and outdoor crops

Research project PE 024a: Basil - improving knowledge and control of downy mildew in protected and outdoor crops (seed transmission and metalaxyl resistance)


Research project FV 381: Herbs: a survey into the prevalence and severity of Itersonilia spp. in UK crops

Research project FV 381a: Itersonilia spp- A survey into its prevalence and severity in UK herb crops


Research project FV 247: The causes and prevention of oedema (lesions) in herbs


Contamination and food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Research project FV 424: Review of groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) and other plant species contaminating leafy salad and herb crops in the UK and their acceptable levels of contamination in harvested salad for human consumption


Optimising flavour in herbs

Research project FV/PE 455: Herbs - Eliciting the phytochemical basis of flavour to recommend agronomic practice for improved and consistent characteristics


Research project FV 245: Herbs - Evaluation of herbicides to fill identified gaps, resulting from the EC review of pesticides

Nutrient management

Research project FV 359: Nutrient requirements for field grown herbs

Useful links

Herbs best practice guide