Introduction of Mate Disruption Pheromones in apple orchards in Fyr of Macedonia


Abstract: During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the control of codling moth (CM), Cydia pomonella (L.), in apple orchards in Prespa Region in Fyr of Macedonia was conducted with mating disruption pheromones. The apple is a dominant crop in this region and the codling moth pressure is constantly very high. Mating disruption technique in apple orchard was utilized for the first time with a single application of Isomate C TT dispensers per season. Population density of codling moth and fruit damage at harvest were kept at a low level. At the same time, population density of the pest and fruit damage in the conventionally treated orchards were higher and was serving as a reference. Based on our results, Isomate C TT dispensers may represent a promising alternative to traditional programs trying to control high initial infestation by codling moth and should be involved in the Integrated Pest Management practices on apple crops.

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