PROJECT FOR THE CONTROL OF WHITE FLY AND COTONET IN SOUTH AFRICA
The project is coordinated by the FCAC where IRTA is the body in charge of leading it in cooperation with other companies in order to carry out monitoring, experimentation, analysis of data collected, study results, etc.; in order to achieve the main objective.
The purpose of the project is:
- Design strategies for the control of whitefly and cotton in South Africa
- Minimize the impact on the environment, human health, ecosystem, etc.
- Monitor and understand the work dynamics of both pests
- Improve the sector by providing solutions to the presence of these pests
The expected results:
- High quality fruit without waste
- Reduction in the impact of pests on harvests
- Achieve an understanding of the pest cycle to be able to act at the right times to reduce their negative impacts on crops.
- Study the feasibility of using natural predators to reduce pest populations.
- Make less and less use of chemically synthesized phytosanitary products
- Reduce the use of products to reduce their presence on them and finally on consumers
- Being able to reduce the MRLs as much as possible
- Have healthier trees with good cultural pruning and thinning practices that allow us good aeration and surface for the products applied.
- Being able to establish a work protocol based on varieties, phenological moments of the crops, season of the year, types of pests that are present, etc.
Project funded through Operation 16.01.01 (Cooperation for innovation) through the Rural Development Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.