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Vibrational signals to control the whitefly in organic greenhouse production (RELACS Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Vibrational signals to control the whitefly in organic greenhouse production (RELACS Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Mazzoni, Valerio; Fattoruso, Valeria and Verrastro, Vincenzo. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. (2021)

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Whiteflies communicate with vibrational signals for mating. Plates (Vibro-plates) were built to transmit specific disruptive vibrations to the whiteflies via potted tomato and zucchini plants. The combined use of vibrations and essential oils resulted in a reduction of the whitefly populations. The prototype is versatile and can be customised for different crop systems and can control the population of whiteflies in greenhouses.

Summary translation

Gewächshausmottenschildläuse kommunizieren mit Vibrationssignalen, um sich zu paaren. Es wurden Platten (Vibrationsplatten) gebaut, die über getopfte Tomaten- und Zucchinipflanzen spezifische, störende Vibrationen auf die Gewächshausmottenschildlaus übertragen. Der kombinierte Einsatz von Vibrationen und ätherischen Ölen führte zu einer Verringerung der Populationen der Gewächshausmottenschildlaus. Der Prototyp ist vielseitig einsetzbar und kann für verschiedene Anbausysteme angepasst werden, um die Population der Gewächshausmottenschildlaus in Gewächshäusern zu kontrollieren.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Using vibrational signals and essential oils to control the whitefly in organic greenhouse production.
What problem does the tool address?:The greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum is a major pest in many crops, including tomato and zucchini. Mineral oils are currently used against this insect and need to be replaced with more sustainable solutions.
What solution does the tool offer?:Whiteflies communicate with vibrational signals for mating. Understanding vibrational communication can help develop behavioural manipulation techniques to control the population of whiteflies in greenhouses.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:pest control, greenhouse crops, farm equipment
Agrovoc keywords:
pest control
greenhouse crops
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > RELACS
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Crop protection
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773431
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/44005
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Rüger, Madelaine Lea
ID Code:44005
Deposited On:20 Apr 2022 11:42
Last Modified:19 Jun 2023 09:21
Document Language:English

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