Main research questionWith this project, ILVO is commissioned by EFSA (Plant Health monitoring) to prepare descriptive Pest Survey Cards for certain quarantine plant diseases and pests that can be specifically on fruit trees.
Development of crop-based survey tools for plants pests of fruit trees in the EU
Mucor infections in the worst form lead to the loss of firmness of the flesh during ripening on the plant, to the extent that the fruit becomes detached from the calyx and splits open when falling to the ground. But usually the fruit rot symptoms become visible only after a few days in storage, at the auctions or only later in the stores.
The research questions were'Which pest and pathogen organisms can be identified in Vaccinium that have been or can be imported via the international trade of plant material and fruits? and 'Which preventive measures and control strategies can be proposed based on the EPPO-DROPSA recommendations and the results of this project?'
Main research questionTrue fruit flies of non-European origin (Diptera: Tephritidae) are devasting pests on fruit and vegetables. They could potentially also be harmful to crops in Belgium. To prevent the establishment and spread of true fruit flies in Belgium, it is important to detect these flies as early as possible.
Research approachThe first tracks took place in a picking garden in the Pajottenland and Zenne Valley region, where there is space for both vegetable plots, a greenhouse, water pool, fruit trees, small fruit and a space for small animals.
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