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Field applications of Beauveria bassiana to control the European cherry fruit fly Rhagoletis cerasi


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Daniel, Claudia and Wyss, Eric (2010) Field applications of Beauveria bassiana to control the European cherry fruit fly Rhagoletis cerasi. Journal of Applied Entomology, 134, pp. 675-681.

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Online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0418.2010.01526.x/abstract


Field experiments with foliar applications of Beauveria bassiana ATCC 74040 (product Naturalis-L) were conducted to control the European cherry fruit fly Rhagoletis cerasi Loew (Diptera: Tephritidae), a major pest of cherries in Europe. Naturalis-L was applied at concentrations of 250 ml per 100 l in 7-day intervals during the flight period of R. cerasi.
Flight activity monitored by yellow sticky traps was only slightly affected by treatments. Infection and mycosis of adult cherry fruit flies was shown to be possible under field conditions. Fruit infestation was assessed at harvest. The number of infested fruits was significantly reduced by 65% with foliar applications of Naturalis-L. These results were obtained from five experiments in 2 years with considerably different weather conditions (wet vs. dry) and in different orchards with different flight intensities of R. cerasi (low vs. high) and different cherry varieties (early ripening vs. late ripening). In conclusion, the application of Naturalis-L is a suitable and economically feasible strategy for controlling R. cerasi in organic cherry production. The product Naturalis L is currently registered for cherry fruit fly control in Italy and Switzerland.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Entomologie Obstbau, Kirschenfliege, Beauveria bassiana, biological control, Diptera, field trials, organic agriculture, Tephritidae
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Entomolgy
DOI:doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2009.01486.x
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/de/schweiz/forschung/pflanzenschutz-biodiversitaet.html, http://www.fibl.org/de/schweiz/forschung/pflanzenschutz-biodiversitaet/pflanzenschutzundbiodiversitaetprojekte/regulierung-kirschfruchtfliege.html
Deposited By: Daniel, Dr. Claudia
ID Code:16984
Deposited On:06 May 2010 10:26
Last Modified:10 Feb 2012 12:13
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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