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New El Niño damage: bad weather favours new developments for Drosophila suzukii in Chile

Crop protection

10 Nov 2023

Despite the good climatic conditions for the spread of Drosophila suzukii, experts point out that growers have gained more knowledge about the pest in previous years, which enables them to control it more effectively and minimise risks.

Studies from California reveal some problems with insecticide resistance of Drosophila suzukii

Crop protection Press review

03 Nov 2023

Scientific studies have shown a decrease in susceptibility of SWD adults to Spinosad, malathion and Spinetoram. In trials in which researchers expected 100% control of SWD, they found a mortality of between 55% and 75%.

What strategies to resist climate change? Álvaro Sepúlveda shares them with us

Crop protection Tech management Markets Quality

27 Oct 2023

Chile experienced a boom in cherry cultivation over the past 20 years. According to ODEPA data, in 2022 the total number of hectares under sweet cherry cultivation was 61,559, in 2004 it was just over 7,000.

X-disease on stone fruit caused by Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni in the United States and Canada: Recovery plan

Crop protection

27 Sep 2023

The prokaryote Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni is the agent of the stone fruit disease called X-disease, which is causing severe economic losses in the US and Canada.

Reducing A. alternata post-harvest: Bacillus subtilis Y17B

Crop protection Post-harvest​

12 Sep 2023

Alternaria alternata fungus is a widespread problem known to cause significant contamination and rotting of produce during the post-harvest storage period. Lipopeptides produced by the Y17B strain lead to less development of the disease.

Nitrogen fertilisation: studies show that the important thing is not to overdo it!

Crop protection Tech management

05 Sep 2023

In conclusion, the results indicate that 60 kg of nitrogen per hectare is the best dose to provide adequate nutrition for sour cherry trees. Nitrogen supply increased its presence in leaves, while it decreased phosphorus and potassium concentrations.

Biological control of Drosophila suzukii is possible: it is only necessary to know (and favor) the parasitoids

Crop protection

29 Aug 2023

The purpose of the study was to develop knowledge on parasitoid community of Drosophilidae in the tart cherry agroecosystem. Additionally, it aimed to identify landscape factors that have a role in the future augmentative and classical biological control releases.

CrackSense is the new project that hopes to solve the cracking problem

Crop protection

10 Aug 2023

The CrackSense project, coordinated by the research institute Volcani Center (Israel), was initiated in 2023. Its ambition is to better understand and predict the complex phenomenon of fruit cracking, a major agronomic problem, at the fruit, tree and plot level.

Drosophila suzukii, mild winter and increased population. Onwards with parasitoid launches

Crop protection

04 Aug 2023

In the January-April period, the monitoring network of the E. Mach Foundation detected catches of Drosophila suzukii up to ten times higher than the average of the last decade. This explains the intensity of the attack recorded on the cherry crop since the last ten days of May.

Applications of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) to reduce cracking

Crop protection

28 Jul 2023

The study conducted by the researchers of the Postharvest Research Group of Fruit and Vegetables (Orihuela, Spain) was to examine the effectiveness of preharvest methyl jasmonate (MeJA) treatments in reducing sweet cherry cracking during tree ripening and at harvest.