FresaProtect: the use of a cocktail of parasitoids against aphids in strawberries –a case study


Abstract: A cocktail of six species of parasitoids has been used to control aphids on strawberryin biological and integrated pest management cultures. As the aphid populations are differentfrom one year to another and from one place to another, a mix of different species of parasitoidscovering all the aphid species possibly occurring on that plant is the easiest way to work and havegood result. The design of the release points has been studied and optimized in order to simplifythe manipulations necessary to deploy them. After three years of R&D in the laboratory and inthe field and two years of large scale field trials in Belgium, FresaProtect has proven to be anefficient treatment for aphid control.

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