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Control of wireworms in organic potato cultivation

{Tool} Control of wireworms in organic potato cultivation. [Drahtwurmbekämpfung im Biokartoffelanbau.] Creator(s): Alföldi, Thomas. Issuing Organisation(s): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). OK-Net Arable video. (2016)

[img] Video (MPEG) - German/Deutsch (Youtube-video)
[img] Video (MPEG) - English (Youtube-video)

Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po0hyHcgd2s


Wireworms are a common pest in organic potato crops. They are persistent and tough and so far, there are only indirect measures to control them.
In the video, Giselher Grabenweger (Agroscope) provides an overview of approved methods to control the worms such as crop rotation and tillage. He also explains why potato varieties containing a lot of starch are less affected by wireworms.
In addition to the indirect measures, Agroscope (together with Swiss and German partners) developed specific organic control options. As an enemy of wireworms the researchers found insecticidal fungi of the genus Metarhizium. In meadows, they observed a natural control of wireworms achieved by these soil fungi. The institute now tries to develop a method to apply the fungus successfully to the potato fields.
In 2016, a first product received a provisional license in Germany and is practically tested on a small area.
In Switzerland, a fungal product against wireworms will be available on the market in two to five years.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Reduce wireworm infestation with preventive measures! Look forward to the development of a new controlling agent!
What problem does the tool address?:Wireworms in potatoes
What solution does the tool offer?:It presents indirect measures to control the worms and a new agent based on a fungus that is a natural opponent of the wireworm.
Type of Practice Tool:Video
Theme:Pest and disease control
Keywords:crop species, pest control
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Communication
European Union > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po0hyHcgd2s, http://farmknowledge.org/index.php/search-for-ok-tools?v=30995, https://www.youtube.com/user/FiBLFilm?feature=mhee, http://www.fibl.org
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:30995
Deposited On:06 Jan 2017 14:16
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 09:31
Document Language:English, German/Deutsch, Hungarian/Magyar

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