Codling moth (Laspyresia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples throughout Europe and may damage a high proportion of fruits making them unshakeable. 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 consisting of a pheromone lure at 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 aft such a material at 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 situations where moth initiated damage are important.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
04740 La Mojonera