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Development of an environmentally-friendly protection for sweet pepper and strawberry

Objective

Pesticides used in agriculture to maintain healthy crops have many side effects on environment and health. One of the objectives of the CAP reform is to reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture and encourage biological control. The biological control consists in the utilisation of specific parasites and their predators in order to control the population of major pests. The present project will concentrate on strawberry and sweet pepper that are exported on a large scale every winter from producers in the Mediterranean basin to consumers in North Western Europe. They are grown under protection, i.e. greenhouses or screen houses, under intensive regime of agrochemicals. The aim is to develop new biological management strategy for pest control and improve procedures for natural enemies' production and delivery in the culture of strawberry and sweet pepper. We plan to: -develop a new natural enemy for bio control of the sweet potato whitefly-improve the decision-making tools to control the western flower thistle expected results are to reduce the use of pesticides, preserve the environment and assurance to the consumer regarding t

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

KIRRUR FARAN AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE LTD
Address
Moshav Faran
Arava
Israel

Participants (1)

KOPPERT BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS S.L.
Spain
Address
Finca Labradorcico Del Medio S/n Apdo Correos 28
30880 Madrid