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Softpest Multitrap. Management of strawberry blossom weevil and European tarnished plant bug in organic strawberry and raspberry using semiochemical traps

Wibe, Atle; Apenite, I; Baroffio, Catherine; Borg-Karlson, Anna-Karin; Cross, J and Sigsgaard, Lene (2012) Softpest Multitrap. Management of strawberry blossom weevil and European tarnished plant bug in organic strawberry and raspberry using semiochemical traps. In: Li, Zhang (Ed.) Book of abstracts VII International Strawberry Symposium ISHS Beijing China 18-22 February 2012, ISHS, International Society for Horticultural Science and China Agriculture Press, Beijing, China , p. 383.

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Summary

The strawberry blossom weevil (Anthonomus rubi) and the European tarnished plant bug (Lygus rugulipennis) cause large (10 - >80%) losses in yield and quality in organically grown strawberry.
A consortium with 6 European countries has been created to work on the management of those pests. The pheromones of A. rubi and L. rugulipennis have been characterized in England by NRI/EMR. For the attraction of A. rubi the importance of host plant volatiles in combination with the pheromones has also been documented. The natural semiochemical mechanisms of sexual attraction and host plant finding of A. rubi and L. rugulipennis will be further studied and exploited to develop effective semiochemical traps for their management through mass trapping. Attractive lures for these two species will then be combined into a single multitrap with the aim of managing two pests simultaneously in each crop. This will be one of the first approaches to pest management of non-lepidopteran insect pests of horticultural crops using semiochemicals in the EU, and probably the first to target multiple species from different insect orders.
The full project also includes pest management in raspberry. The project will be organized in the following work packages; 1) Chemical analysis of plant volatiles, 2) Pest insects in strawberry, 3) Pest insects in raspberry and 4) Trap design and lure development. The project period is 2012-2014 and the project is funded by the ERA-net CORE Organic II.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:strawberry blossom weevil; Softpest multitrap
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > Softpest multitrap
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:20454
Deposited On:18 May 2012 09:37
Last Modified:18 May 2012 09:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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