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

Wibe, Atle; Apenite, Ilze; Baroffio, Catherine; Borg-Karlson, Anna-Karin; Cross, Jerry; Hall, David; Sigsgaard, Lene and Trandem, Nina (2012) Management of strawberry blossom weevil and European tarnished plant bug in organic strawberry and raspberry using semiochemical traps. Poster at: XXIV International Congress of Entomology, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 19-25 August.

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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 berries. 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 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 authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this project provided by the CORE Organic II Funding Bodies, being partners of the FP7 ERA-Net project, CORE Organic II (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming systems, project no. 249667).


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Softpest Multitrap; insects; pests; berries; CORE Organic
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
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: Wibe, Dr Atle
ID Code:21628
Deposited On:22 Oct 2012 14:18
Last Modified:22 Oct 2012 14:18
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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