The prevention and/or suppression of key pests and diseases should be supported among other options especially by:

  • Choice of appropriate resistant/tolerant cultivars is recommended.
  • Use of methods to reduce the overwintering inoculum of the pathogens as a measure for delaying/reducing the disease epidemics in the next season is highly recommended.
  • Pruning, irrigation and elimination of other wood damaging factors may control pests such as scales and scolytids or diseases.
  • Take into account any adjacent abandoned olives groves that may act as sources of pests and diseases.


  • Removal of dead twigs and mummified fruits will reduce inoculum of Anthracnose.

Bactrocera oleae (olive fruit fly)

  • Plants favouring presence of parasitoids can be used to enrich the vegetation cover.
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