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Functional agrobiodiversity –a novel approach to optimize pest control in fruit production

Sigsgaard, Lene and Jacobsen, Stíne K. (2017) Functional agrobiodiversity –a novel approach to optimize pest control in fruit production. In: Begg, Graham; Bianchi, Felix; Birch, Nick; Gerowitt, Bärbel; Holland, John; Lupi, Daniela; Moonen, Camilla; Ramsden, Marc and Rijn, van, Paul (Eds.) IOBC-WPRS Bulletin, International organisation for Biological Control-Western Palearctic Regional Section, Darmstadt, 122, pp. 26-28.

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Summary

Fruit growers suffer great economic losses each year due to pest damage. The demand for organic produce is increasing along with the interest from growers to develop sustainable and more resilient production systems and over 20% of the apple production in Denmark is now organic. Available pest management options are limited and prevention is important for resilience. In the project PROTECFRUIT we test the use of functional agrobiodiversity, by promoting the abundance and diversity of natural enemies in ecological infrastructures using perennial, wild flower strips in organic orchards. Rosy apple aphid, Dysaphis plantaginea, infestation and damage, and predator abundance and diversity were assessed in organic orchards with flower strips and compared to organic orchards without flower strips. In orchards with flower strips these parameters were also assessed as a function of distance to flower strip. The methodology includes visual observations, beating samples and sentinel prey to estimate predation activity. Field trials were conducted in 2016 and will be repeated again in 2017. Preliminary results show that aphid infestation and fruit damage were less in orchards with flower strips than in control orchards.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
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EnglishpredatorUNSPECIFIED
Englishon-farmUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen
Denmark > Organic RDD 2 > ProtecFruit
ISBN:978-92-9067-307-1
Related Links:https://www.iobc-wprs.org/
Deposited By: Sigsgaard, Assoc. Prof. Lene
ID Code:32348
Deposited On:19 Dec 2017 14:21
Last Modified:19 Dec 2017 14:21
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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