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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01407

AcronymNEW INSECT CONTROL

Proposal titleReplacement of insecticide treatment on apples by pheromone based bio-control

approach.

AbstractCodling moth (Laspyresia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples throughout Europe and

may damage a high proportion of fruits making them unsaleable. Current practice uses a

pheromone based monitoring system to optimise the timing of an insecticide spray. We

propose to achieve control of codling moth population in an organic orchard by using a

system which will act over a full season consistingof a pheromone lure ta attract male

moths to a station containing a suitable slow acting agent which the moth will pick up

before release back into the natural population. The prolonged transfer af such a material

ta the population will give sufficient control allied to the fact that beneficial insects will

not be exposed to insecticide and will then thrive thus permitting sufficient control of

the pest that no further action be required. This model approach, when proven, will then

be directly applicable to all orchard systems and many other situation where moth initited

damage is important.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date20/11/2000End date20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMR DAVID WILLIAM HARTLEYCompany sizeS2

INTERNATIONAL PHEROMONE SYSTEMS LIMITED

UNITS *10-15 MEADOW LANE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

CH65 4TY - ELLESMERE PORT, SOUTH WIRRAL

United Kingdom

Phone: 00441513572655

Fax: 00441513550299

SME Proposer(s)

PLANPROTECTSpainS2

Last update18/6/2001

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